The curtain fell on the athletics events at the African Games in Accra, Ghana, with a spectacular display of athleticism and determination on Friday (22), as athletes delivered remarkable performances to conclude the competition.

Gina Bass-Bittaye, the renowned sprinter from Gambia and record-holder in both the 100m and 200m events, showcased her dominance by successfully defending her 200m crown despite facing a challenging headwind (-2.6m/s). In a thrilling sprint finish, Bass-Bittaye fended off strong competition from contenders representing Congo and Nigeria, clinching victory in 23.13 seconds. Olayinka Olajide of Nigeria secured second place, closely followed by Congo’s Natacha Ngoye Akamabi, who took home the bronze.

 

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The home crowd had reason to celebrate as Joseph Amoah, a standout finalist at the Commonwealth Games, delivered an impressive performance in the men’s 200m, crossing the finish line in 20.70 seconds. Cameroon’s Claude Emmanuel Itoungue Bogognie finished a close second, with Nigeria’s Consider Emmanuel securing the bronze.

In the women’s 1500m, it was Ethiopia that emerged triumphant with Hirut Meshesha leading her team to a 1-2 victory, setting a new Games record in the process. Meshesha’s outstanding performance clocked at 4:05.71, securing gold, while her compatriot Hawi Abera claimed silver. Kenya’s Mary Ekiru secured the bronze medal.

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Meanwhile, in the men’s 1500m, Kenya and Ethiopia continued their strong showing, with Brian Komen clinching victory. Hagos Gebrhiwet seized gold in the men’s 5000m, while Loliha Atalena of South Sudan triumphed in the women’s half marathon. Ghana’s William Amponsah made history for his nation by securing a silver medal.

 

Local fans were treated to an exhilarating performance in the men’s high jump, where Evans Yamoah set a new Ghanaian record and claimed gold. Nigeria’s Chinecherem Nnamdi made a mark in the men’s javelin, setting a national record, while South Africa excelled in the women’s shot put and men’s long jump.

Evans Yamoah

Botswana’s Rogail Joseph clinched gold in the women’s 400m hurdles, setting a personal best, while Nigeria and Zambia dominated the 4x400m relays, claiming gold medals and setting records.

The African Games concluded with a magnificent display of talent, leaving an indelible mark on spectators and athletes alike.