Ghana’s powerful relay team made up of Sean Sarfo Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Joseph Oduro Manu and Joseph Paul Amoah secured qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games during the World Relay Championship in Poland over the weekend.
Ghana came second behind the Netherlands to book an automatic qualification to the Olympic Games with a time of 38.79 seconds, ahead of the finals.
We present to our dedicated readers all you need to know about these four gallant boys who are ready to take the world by storm.
Sean Sarfo Antwi: The 31-year-old Ghanaian-born British started the race for Ghana, as he did at the Africa Games in 2019 in Rabat Morocco, before handing it over to Benjamin Azamati.
Born in 1990 to Ghanaian parents in the United Kingdom, the sprinter once competed for Great Britain before switching allegiance to Ghana in early 2016.
He was scheduled to compete for Ghana at the 2016 World Indoor Championships but was withdrawn at the last minute, but later represented Ghana in the 100 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He was also a member of the powerful quartet that won Gold at the 2019 Africa Games.
The 5ft, 11inches tall sprinter has 10.14 seconds as his personal best in 100 meters, with 21.33seconds in 200m meters in outdoor events, while his indoor records in 60 meters is 6.55seconds.
Benjamin Azamati: He was also a member of the Gold-winning quartet that conquered Africa at the 2019 Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The former student of the University of Ghana shattered the country’s long-standing record in the 100m after running a time of 9.97s in the Texas relays.
He finished first in Heat 8 of the Texas Relays to secure a ticket to Tokyo Olympic Games.
He is obviously the fastest man in Ghana with a thunderbolt speed and always starts the second lap after Sarfo-Antwi.
Azamati, is currently studying Marine Science at the West Texas A&M University and made history by breaking a 22-year national record held by Leo Myles Mills on March 26, 2021, in Texas by clocking 9 .97 seconds to qualify him for the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The 22-year-old sprinter represented Ghana’s hope at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Joseph Oduro Manu: Perhaps the less known and less popular in the team but very instrumental. He was the man who handed the final Barton to Joseph Paul to complete the race.
The 25-year-old athlete from the Ashanti was a student of Prempeh College and later Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology before left for the United States of America (USA) to join Coppin State University in Baltimore.
Joseph Paul Amoah: He is the first Ghanaian to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after he placed 4th in the 100m dash race and made amends to finish and win the 4x100m.
He has made an impression and would be respected as one of the guys to watch at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Ghana.
Amoah, 24, 100 and 200 meters expert, preferred football to athletics growing up but switched to athletics at Prempeh College in Kumasi later gained admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), but later got transferred to the Copping State University in Baltimore, United States of America (USA) in 2017.
He runs 100 metres in 10.08 seconds at the 2016 Ghana’s Fastest Human competition
Amoah currently holds 10:01 seconds as his personal best in 100 meters and 20:08 in 200 meters.
He was a member of the team that won gold at the 2019 Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
He was the last man who completed the race to make that historic race.
HOW THEY MADE IT
Ghana started the race in the first heat with Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku, Joseph Oduro Manu, and Joseph Paul Amoah combining to book the qualification.
They managed to finished with 38.79 sec/.790 m/s, behind Netherlands 38.79 .782 m/s in heat two at the 2021 World Athletics Relays at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.
This booked an automatic qualification for Ghana to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Ghana 4x100m men’s relay team managed to pick a bronze medal at the World Relay Championship in Poland but were later disqualified after a replay of the race.
Ghana’s disqualification follows the exchange batons outside the changeover zone in the finals on Sunday night.
Ghana finished 3rd (39.11) to clinch the bronze medal but was later disqualified after a replay showed that Joseph Paul Amoah, who ran the anchor leg, received the baton from Joseph Oduro Manu outside the changeover zone.
However, Ghana maintains its automatic qualification to the Olympic Games after placing second in the heats and also qualifying for the finals.
Similarly, the disqualification would also not affect the team’s participation at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, United States of America (USA).