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Track & Field News of Saturday, 18 August 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Amponsah thrilled to represent Africa at IAAF inter Continental Cup

Ghanaian female sprinter, Janet Amponsah is thrilled to be part of Africa's contingent for this year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) InterContinental Cup to held at Ostrava 2018 to be held on September 8-9.

Amponsah, who won women's 100 metres silver and a bronze in the 200m at the African Senior Athletics Championship held in Asaba, Nigeria from August 1-5, is the only Ghanaian to have made it into the continental team, after her good showing in Asaba.

Reacting to the news, Amponsah said her inclusion in the African team was a dream come true and was going to work hard to help the team do well in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

"I'm really thrilled and feel it is a privilege to be among Africa's best for the inter-continental championship. While I'm thrilled by my selection, I also consider it a huge responsibility to prepare well personally so I can perform creditably in Ostrava. I'm really looking forward to the event," said Amponsah.

The 25-year-old sprinter has been named alongside the African champion, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d'Ivoire, to compete in the 100 metres and the 4x100m relay.

Finishing as a bronze medallist at Asaba denied her a place in Africa's 200m team, as the selection process made room for only the gold and silver medallists at the continental competition.

Nonetheless, US-based Amponsah, who was part of Ghana's sprints relay team which finished fifth in the final of this year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, said she was happy to be named in the African team as it had been her long cherished dream.

"It is a dream come true for me because I have always relished the chance of competing for my country as well as being in the African team for such competitions."

Amponsah, who made her international debut for Ghana at the 2008 African Championships in Addis Ababa, has a personal best of 11.21 seconds in the 100m which she achieved in Montverde, Florida, USA, in June this year.

Not surprisingly, the Africa squad is dominated by South Africa as the team features many of the top performers at Asaba 2018, including world and Olympic steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, and the world and Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya.

At Ostrava, the selected athletes will be aiming to secure team points as well as the individual prize money at stake.