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Ghanaian sprinter, Benjamin Azamati wins gold in 100m at Paris Diamond League meeting

Ghanaian sprinter, Benjamin Azamati has won gold in the men’s 100m race at the Paris Diamond League.

Azamati ran a time of 10.25s, finishing the race ahead of Mouhamadou Fall and Jimmy Vicaut, both from France.

Fellow Ghanaian sprinter, Sean Safo-Antwi, however, finished sixth with a time of 10.45s.

Azamati’s winning time was slower than his time in his last race in Oslo, where he ran 10.15s to finish fourth.

He will also compete in the 200m race, where he will come up against reigning Olympic champion, Andre de Grasse. 

Azamati was born on 14 January 1998 to John and Faustina Azamati in Akim oda, Ghana. His preferred sport growing up was football but transitioned to athletics while attending Presbyterian boys senior high school in Accra where his running talent was discovered by his PE masters (Nathaniel Botchway, Gideon Appah, and Mr. Kofi Dadzie). 

As a 22-year old he emerged as an Olympic hopeful for Ghana in the sprints after running 100 metres in 10.02 seconds HT at the 2019 Ghana’s Fastest Human competition.

He won the gold medal at the 2019 African Games in Rabat. He won the GUSA 100m on two occasions. Sprinter Benjamin Azamati, broke Leo Myles-Mills’ long standing Ghana national record in the 100m and booked a place at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with a smashing 9.97s (1.5m/s) run in Heat 8 of the Texas Relays on Friday afternoon.

The West Texas A&M freshman also became the first NCAADII athlete to dip under 10.00s, breaking Darell Green’s record (10.08s) set in 1983.



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