Alex Amankwah posts World’s fastest time in men’s 800m

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Ghanaian Alex Amankwah smashed Kennedy Osei’s 20 year-old national 800m indoor record after running a World Leading 1:46.86 at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday January 24.

The previous national indoor best had been 1:47.24, set by Kennedy Osei at a meet in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 25th February, 1995.

The University of Alabama junior, who won with a comfortable personal best followed by Leslie Cory in 1:47.63 and Jacopo Lahbi in 1:48.28, also broke his school’s 11-year old 800m record in the process.

 was born in Ghana on March 2, 1992, before emigrating to the USA with his parents Erick Amankwah and Dorothy Nyarko in later years.

The 22 year-old has been on the Ghana Athletics Association’s radar for a while now and, received consideration for the 2014 Commonwealth Games/African Championship selection for the 4x400m relay team, after just missing the GAA’s 800m qualifying standard.

Like many other national athletes, he will be looking forward to meeting the ’s selection criteria for the 2015 All Africa Games and the World Championships in Beijing when the outdoor season begins.

His performance comes only a week after another national athlete, , posted a world leading 7.18 in the 60m at the Gotham Cup in New York.

OFFICIAL RESULTS – Vanderbilt Invitational 2015

Below is the latest Ghana athletics rankings as at January 24, 2015:


  • Janet Amponsah 6.95s 16-Jan Personal Best/2nd Ranked in the World
  • Doreen Agyei 7.24s 06-Dec


  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong 7.18s 16-Jan =National Record/World Leader
  • Janet Amponsah 7.41s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Gemma Acheampong 7.49s 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Shekara Boakye 7.49s 16-Jan Personal Best
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 7.60s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • (Hand Time) Akua Obeng-Akrofi 7.3s 05-Dec


  • Janet Amponsah 24.01s 24-Jan
  • Gemma Acheampong 24.71s 23-Jan
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 25.06s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Doreen Agyei 25.09s 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Shekara Boakye 25.18s 09-Jan Personal Best
  • Lynette Akai 25. 69s 25-Jan


  • Gemma Acheampong 39.50s 16-Jan Personal Best


  • Ama Larbi 57.56s 10-Jan
  • Bless Dupeh 58.54s 09-Jan
  • Elizabeth Dadzie 59.07s 04-Dec


  • Stephanie Aidoo 1.17.28s 16-Jan Personal Best
  • Bless Dupeh 1.17.63s 09-Jan Personal Best


  • Bless Dupeh 1.39.63s 04-Dec Personal Best


  • Lydia Mato 10.49.31s 09-Jan


  • Lydia Mato 17.14.40s 16-Jan Personal Best


  • Elizabeth Dadzie 8.59s 24-Jan Personal Best

High Jump

  • Elizabeth Dadzie 1.55m 06-Dec

Long Jump

  • Nadia Eke 5.81m 16-Jan Personal Best

Shot Put

  • Obeng Marfo 14.20m 17-Jan Personal Best
  • Claudia Ababio 13.91m 24-Jan Personal Best

Weight Throw

  • Claudia Ababio 16.20m 10-Jan Personal Best
  • Obeng Marfo 16.02m 17-Jan Personal Best


  • Allah Laryea Akrong 6.74s 09-Jan
  • Carrington Akosa 6.89s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Solomon Afful 6.89s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Dasor 6.92s 17-Jan
  • Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 6.95s 09-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 21.36s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Carrington Akosa 22.11s 05-Jan Personal Best
  • Daniel Gyasi 22.11s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Solomon Afful 22.41s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 22.59s 09-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 47.29s 17-Jan Personal Best
  • Daniel Gyasi 48.40s 24-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 1.22.24s 04-Dec


  • Alex Amankwah 1.46.86m 24-Jan =National Record/World Leader


  • Yakubu Ibrahim 8.11s 06-Dec
  • Atsu Nyamadi 8.41s 04-Dec

Pole Vault

  • Jordan Yamoah 4.70m 16-Jan
  • Atsu Nyamadi 3.50m 06-Dec

High Jump

  • Atsu Nyamadi 1.89m 04-Dec

Long Jump

  • Atsu Nyamadi 7.17m 04-Dec Personal Best

Triple Jump

  • Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi 15.34m 07-Dec
  • Atsu Nyamadi 15.04m 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Michael Bruce 14.63m 24-Jan Personal Best

Shot Put

  • Atsu Nyamadi 14.20m 09-Jan Personal Best
  • John Ampomah 14.13m 09-Jan Personal Best