Tokyo 2020 qualifier Joseph Amoah reclaimed his 200m INDOOR national record clocking 20.75 secs at the 2020 Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational Competition in Boston, USA.
Amoah’s time is the third-fastest in the nation this season and breaks Martin Owusu-Antwi’s school-record of 20.79sec.
“I am very happy about it and I know there is more to come,” he said.
“I have been training very hard for moment like this so I think it is right for me to get such results anytime I step on the track.”
On January 26, 2020, Amoah broke Coppin State University’s school-record in the 60m event, running 6.72s in the semi-finals before finishing with 6.73s to take second place in the finals at the Penn State National Open.
Amoah’s old school-record was 6.78 which he ran at the 2017 IC4A Championships.
Amoah is part of the men’s 4 by 100m relay team who will be hoping to qualify for Tokyo 2020 after cruising to victory at the 2019 All African Games in Rabat with 38.30s
The time shot Ghana up to 13th on the IAAF 4x100m rankings with only the Top 16 making it to the world championships.
Amoah says his plans are intact ahead of the tournament.
“My coach is trying to reduce the number of races I will be running this year so I don’t get too worn out by the time it gets to the Olympics.
“We are still on track with our plans and we are hoping it works out.”
He went on to eclipse the Ghana national 200m indoor record – which had then stood in the name of Emmanuel Dasor with 20.89s – after clocking 20.80s(NR) on March 5, 2017.
The Ghana Athletics Association remains optimistic about getting 15 athletes for the championship.
By Daniel Nana Kwame Yeboah|3news.com|Ghana