Accra, Oct. 2, GNA –
William Amponsah – Ghana’s leading long-distance runner is set to compete in
the 2019 Onitsha City Marathon in Nigeria on Saturday, October 5.
Amponsah, a student
of the University College of Education Winneba, earlier in the year won the
annual Kwahu Marathon before crowing his efforts in the year by winning the
Millennium Marathon with a record-breaking time of 1.04.38.
athlete would compete in the 21 Kilometer race, that has $10,000 at stake for
the ultimate winner, with second place taking home $7,000, whilst the
third-placed athlete would walk home with $5,000.
The 20-year old
athlete, who belongs to the Daakye Runners Club in Swedru, left Accra on
Wednesday evening in the company of his Manager Charles Abeiku Forson for
Mr. Forson, was
confident Amponsah, would excel in the competition following his recent
performance at the Kwahu Marathon and the Millennium Marathon.
He said Amponsah was
in the best shape to win the competition, as he had trained adequately for the
Though he is
expected to come up against stiff competition from some East African athletes,
Mr. Forson believes his ward has what it takes to make Ghana proud in Nigeria
having beaten them in previous competitions.
Earlier in the year
Amponsah also won the 10-kilometer Okpekpe Road Race in Nigeria as well as the
GF Sports Cross Country.
Marathon (OCM) is an initiative developed to discover and harness sporting
talents of the teeming youths of Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria and Africa at
large and to showcase Onitsha City on the global map as a centre of sporting
OCM is aimed at
revolutionizing sports as a tool for Socio-Economic Development in Africa, and
ultimately encourage young people to invest their energies in sports. OCM is an
Annual Marathon that would run through Onitsha metropolis.
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