Ghana's 4x100m women's team / Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

The weekend of May 17th has come and passed, but with it came Lydia Mato continuing what she is best known for: sprinting in the long distance races.

At the NJCAA National Championships, won all three races she competed in (the 10000m, the 5000m, and the 1500m) all in lifetime personal best times to add three more national championship gold medals to her already innumerable haul.

This was a few days after she smashed the 23-year old national record in the 3,000m.

Meanwhile, four of Ghana‘s sprinters began to shift their gears to “fast”.

‘s fastest-ever time of 11.16s was just outside Vida Nsiah’s national record of 11.14s set in 2004.

Flings would have been denied a national record anyway because the following wind was over 2.0 m/s; the wind also disallows her time for being acceptable as a World Championship and Olympic Games qualifier.

High-school phenom Suzie Acolatse responded more than adequately with her own fastest-ever time, running 11.46s; unfortunately, she was also deprived of a personal best by a following wind greater than 2.0 m/s.

was blessed by acceptable winds when he ran two sensational races to double as 200m/400m champion in the Conference-USA Championships.

His performances of 20.61s in the 200m and 45.61s in the 400m are both qualifiers, and bring him only inches away from the World Championship qualifying times.

Both times are the fastest run by a Ghanaian athlete in many years, and he is the first Ghanaian to break into the 45-second zone since the late 1990s.

Defending NJCAA National Champion Janet Amponsah was hampered by a 6-hour rain delay before the finals of the sprint finals, but left the competition with lightning-fast times of 11.29s and 23.56s in the heats of the 100m and 200m, respectively.

Below are the latest (GAA) rankings:

**** Rio Olympic Games Qualifier
*** World Championship Qualifier
** African Games A standard
* African Games B standard

Women

100m

  • Janet Amponsah 11.29s**** 25-Apr Personal Best
  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong 11.42s* 02-May
  • Gemma Acheampong 11.49s* 02-May Personal Best
  • Suzie Acolatse 11.65s* 14-Mar
  • Shekara Boakye 11.75s 01-May Personal Best
  • Stefania Gyamfi 11.80s 03-May Personal Best
  • Beatrice Gyaman 11.90s 09-May ON GRASS
  • Doreen Agyei 11.93s 04-Apr
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 11.94s 09-May, 10-May
  • Dorcas Gyimah 12.00s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Happy Abruyah 12.17s 09-May Personal Best ON GRASS
  • Janet Mensah 12.18s 09-May ON GRASS

Wind-Aided:

  • Janet Amponsah 11.12s (5.1 m/s) 28-Mar
  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong 11.16s (4.5 m/s) 16-May
  • Suzie Acolatse 11.46s (4.1 m/s) 15-May
  • Doreen Agyei 11.73s (3.8 m/s) 16-May
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 11.78s (3.6 m/s) 11-Apr

200m

  • Janet Amponsah 23.04s**** 25-Apr Personal Best
  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong 23.88s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Suzie Acolatse 23.88s 18-Apr Personal Best
  • Stefania Gyamfi 23.96s 25-Apr Personal Best
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 24.05s 07-Mar
  • Gemma Acheampong 24.22s 04-Apr, 01-May
  • Lynette Akai 24.26s 30-Apr Personal Best
  • Stephanie Aidoo 24.30s 12-Mar Personal Best
  • Juanita Mainoo 24.30s 02-May Personal Best
  • Doreen Agyei 24.31s 02-May
  • Shekara Boakye 24.84s 21-Feb
  • Kate Agyeman 25.14s 14-Mar

Wind-Aided:

  • Gemma Acheampong 23.92s (3.7 m/s) 02-May
  • Doreen Agyei 24.28s (3.0 m/s) 16-May

400m

  • Lynette Akai 54.34s 16-May
  • Cheyenne Apesibah Tunti 55.29s 11-Apr
  • Janet Amponsah 55.88s 18-Apr Personal Best
  • Stephanie Aidoo 56.20s 13-Feb
  • Bless Dupeh 56.65s 18-Apr Personal Best
  • Salome Agyei 57.21s 14-Mar
  • Ama Larbi 57.56s 10-Jan

800m

  • Agnes Abu 2.10.66m 03-Apr
  • Martha Bissah 2.12.78m 11-Apr
  • Salome Agyei 2.16.88m 27-Feb
  • Helen Maasutuo 2.16.94m 27-Feb Personal Best
  • Vivian Fosuaah 2.18.29m 27-Feb Personal Best
  • Lydia Mato 2.18.35m 02-May

1500m

  • Agnes Abu 4.31.00m 03-Apr Personal Best
  • Lydia Mato 4.33.84m 16-May Personal Best
  • Sakat Lariba 4.38.96m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Helena Maasotuo 4.43.66m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Beatrice Konamah 4.47.29m 09-May Personal Best ON GRASS
  • Vida Ayaayine 4.48.98m 11-Apr Personal Best

One Mile

  • Lydia Mato 5.03.35m 07-Mar

3000m

  • Lydia Mato 9.31.97m* 09-May National Record
  • Elizabeth Azuure 10.16.67m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Charlotte Fordjour 10.25.58m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Hawa Kombat 10.27.0m 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Mariama Yakubu 10.36.48m 27-Feb Personal Best

5000m

  • Lydia Mato 16.39.37m 16-May Personal Best
  • Elizabeth Azuure 17.06.73m 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Sakat Lariba 17.36.02m 09-May Personal Best ON GRASS

10000m

  • Lydia Mato 35.27.23m 14-May Personal Best

100mh

  • Elizabeth Dadzie 13.95s* 18-Apr Personal Best

400mh

  • Ama Larbi 59.64s 03-Apr, 07-May

High Jump

  • Regina Yeboah 1.60m 14-Mar
  • Ellen Botwe 1.60m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Elizabeth Dadzie 1.59m 28-Mar

Long Jump

  • Elizabeth Dadzie 6.29m* 07-May Personal Best
  • Ebony Owusu-Sampah 6.15m* 16-May Personal Best
  • Nadia Eke 6.08m 09-May Personal Best
  • Felicia Frimpong 5.76m 27-Feb Personal Best
  • Latifa Ali 5.60m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Ellen Botwe 5.49m 27-Feb Personal Best

Triple Jump

  • Nadia Eke 13.32m** 01-Mar, 14-Mar
  • Mathilde Boateng 12.88m 21-Feb
  • Elizabeth Dadzie 12.40m 07-Mar

Wind-Aided:

  • Nadia Eke 13.39m (2.1m/s) 24-Apr
  • Elizabeth Dadzie 12.61m (3.0 m/s) 11-Apr

Shot Put

  • Claudia Ababio 14.18m 12-Feb

Discus

  • Claudia Ababio 45.00m 21-Mar Personal Best
  • Myah Antwi 44.87m 10-Apr Personal Best

Hammer Throw

  • Claudia Ababio 51.84m 01-May Personal Best

Javelin Throw

  • Mary Zuta 42.28m 11-Apr

Heptathlon

  • Elizabeth Dadzie 5,144 points* 28-Mar

Men

100m

  • Solomon Afful 10.39s 15-May Personal Best
  • Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 10.47s 01-May Personal Best
  • John Osei Kofi 10.53s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Dasor 10.56s 03-Apr
  • Tim Abeyie 10.58s 18-Apr
  • Katakyie Ofori-Atta 10.68m 28-Mar Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Oduro-Mensah 10.70s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi 10.72s 12-Mar
  • Stephen Opoku 10.72s 12-Mar
  • Desmond Aryee 10.74s 11-Apr
  • Shadrack Opoku-Agyeman 10.82s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Roland Alena 10.87s 12-Mar

Wind-Aided:

  • Tim Abeyie 10.56s (2.2 m/s) 18-Apr

200m

  • Emmanuel Dasor 20.61s* 17-May Personal Best
  • Solomon Afful 20.68s* 02-May Personal Best
  • John Osei Kofi 21.22s 14-Mar Personal Best

Wind-Aided:

  • Solomon Afful 20.68s (3.1 m/s) 15-May

400m

  • Emmanuel Dasor 45.61s* 17-May Personal Best
  • Daniel Gyasi 46.30s 11-Apr Personal Best
  • Robert Anaak 48.42s 14-Mar

800m

  • Alex Amankwah 1.45.91m*** 03-Apr, 02-May Personal Best (Ranked World #14)
  • Prince Owusu 1.49.93m 17-Apr
  • Herns Agyeman-Duah 1.50.51m 03-Apr Personal Best
  • Sampson Azumah Laari 1.51.48m 18-Apr Personal Best

1500m

  • Sampson Azumah Laari 3.52.55m 10-Apr Personal Best
  • Alex Amankwah 3.55.23m 28-Mar Personal Best

One Mile

  • Samson Azumah Laari 4.21.01m 07-Mar

3000m

  • Prosper Goku 8.50.45 09-May Personal Best

5000m

  • Samson Azumah Laari 15.21.92m 21-Feb
  • Malik Yakubu 15.24.63m 14-Mar

110mh

  • Yakabu Ibrahim 14.60s 03-May
  • Roland Attoh-Okine 14.64s 17-Apr Personal Best
  • Atsu Nyamadi 14.86s 02-May Personal Best

Wind-Aided:

  • Yakabu Ibrahim 14.26s (3.1 m/s) 26-Apr
  • Atsu Nyamadi 14.80s (3.9 m/s) 15-May

400mh

  • Awal Faisal Mohamed 53.70s 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Barnabas Dompeh Aryee 53.73s 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Duncan Nuakoh Agyeman 53.85s 14-Mar Personal Best

Pole Vault

  • Jordan Yamoah 5.36m** 09-May
  • Atsu Nyamadi 4.10m 25-Apr, 15-May Personal Best

High Jump

  • Atsu Nyamadi 2.01m 01-Feb
  • Kofi Boison 2.00m 09-May ON GRASS

Long Jump

  • Michael Bruce 7.56m 08-May Personal Best
  • Richard Seklorwu 7.44m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Mohammed Abubakar 7.38m 22-Apr
  • Atsu Nyamadi 7.34m 01-Feb
  • Solomon Atosona 7.23m 07-Mar

Triple Jump

  • Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi 15.67m 01-Mar
  • Edgar Panford 15.63m 21-Mar
  • Michael Bruce 15.31m 01-Mar
  • Martin Etsey 15.17m 11-Apr
  • Mohammed Abukakar 15.09m 02-May Personal Best
  • Atsu Nyamadi 15.04m 06-Dec

Shot Put

  • Emmanuel Ofori-Asante 15.77m 11-Apr
  • Atsu Nyamadi 14.20m 09-Jan
  • John Ampomah 14.13m 09-Jan

Discus

  • Emmanuel Ofori-Asante 45.54m 09-May
  • Atsu Nyamadi 45.49m 02-May Personal Best
  • Daniel Eshun 43.37m 09-May Personal Best
  • Robertson Tay 42.10m 09-May Personal Best
  • Awudu Bachela 41.14m 09-May

Javelin

  • John Ampomah 81.55m** 25-Apr National Record (Ranked World #16)
  • Atsu Nyamadi 65.63m 09-Apr
  • Awudu Bachela 61.64m 14-Mar Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Gyefa 60.25m 14-Mar Personal Best

Decathlon

  • Atsu Nyamadi 7,532 points** 09-Apr National Record