Ghana’s new Minister for Youth and Sports, Honourable Mustapha Ussif, has congratulated Ghanaian sprinter Benjamin Azamati for breaking the 22-year-old national 100m record and as well as securing a place for the Tokyo Olympics.
Azamati, 23, based in the States broke yesterday ended the Ghana’s 100m record that has stood since 1999 by Leonard Myles-Mills (9.98s).
Benjamin put up an incredible performance on Friday at the Texas relays to win his race in record-breaking 9.97s.
Hon. Ussif joined the many Ghanaians who have since been celebrating the young hero to congratulate him.
“Congratulations to Benjamin Azamati for his historic 9.97s run, which broke the 22-year old national 100m record held by Leo Myles-Mills and also qualifying him for the Tokyo Olympics,” Mustapha Ussif wrote.
“Azamati’s background as a former school athlete and his remarkable rise to prominence, is the reason we want to revamp and pay more attention to inter-schools competitions to be able to unearth and develop more of such talents for our country,” the Sports Minister wrote on Facebook.
Benjamin Azamati was a student-athlete at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC Legon) and the University of Ghana.
Azamati’s time not only broke a Ghana record, it also smashed Darrrell Green’s 38-year-old record (10.08) set at the Texas Relays.
According to records, Benjamin Azamati one of only three Ghanaian sprinters to run 100 metres under the 10 seconds.
14 June 2005
Aziz Zakari – 9.99
5 June 1999
Leonard Myles-Mills – 9.98
26 March 2021
Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku – 9.97