Ghana’s olympic style events sensation, Benjamin Azamati, has emerged as Africa’s fastest runner in the 60 meter category, displaying an extraordinary performance at the 2024 New Mexico Team Open held from 26-27 January at the Albuquerque Conference hall in New Mexico, USA.
World Games, the worldwide overseeing body for sports, recently revealed its updated rankings of the world’s fastest runners, where Azamati’s incredible season of 6.57 seconds in Heat 1 of the Open pushed him to the first spot on the list.
Azamati, who notably represented Texas A&M, finished in second place in the finals, just behind David Foster from the University of California.
Ghana’s James Dadzie and Joseph Oduro Manu also took huge steps, both getting spots among the top 10 fastest runners in Africa for the 60 meter category.
Dadzie was ranked second in Africa and 14th worldwide for his impressive 6.58-second run at the Stan Scott Memorial Finals on January 13 in Texas.
Manu’s season of 6.65 seconds in the 2024 New Mexico Group Open Finals put him at joint 6th in Africa and 74th universally.
With these remarkable performance, they underline Ghana’s potential in the realm of running. Overtaking countries like Ivory Coast, which has two representatives, and others like Liberia, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, and Cameroon, which each have one representative, the nation has the highest representation among the top 10 fastest African sprinters in the 60-meter category in World Athletics.
The three sprinters from Ghana are evidence of the country’s growing prominence in the international track and field scene.