2020 GUSA Games: William Amponsah sets new 10,000m record

Author: Beatrice Laryea
William Amponsah - Won the 10,000 and 5,000 metres events

William Amponsah of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has set a new record in the 10,000 metres event at the 2020 Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games currently underway at the University of Ghana.

Amponsah, a Level 100 student pursuing a course in Physical Education, clocked a time of 29:53 minutes to cancel UCC’s Malik Yakubu time of 32:29 minutes set in 2018 in Tamale at the last GUSA Games.

The diminutive long distance runner also known as ‘Bones’ made it two gold medals for UEW after finishing first in the men's 5,000 metres race within 14:19 minutess shattering the 14:56 minutes record made by Malik Yakubu in 2018.

"I planned to go far in this competition but i just can't believe that I broke the record. This is amazing and so refreshing but I am not going to stop here, I will keep pushing till I make history," said an elated Amponsah in a post-event interview.

In 2019, the 20-year-old native of Agona Swedru in the Central Region won the two topmost marathon events in Ghana - the Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon and Millennium Marathon where he set new records at both competitions.

Amponsah set a new record at the Kwahu Marathon after clocking a time of 2:29:16 in the 42km race while he broke the Millennium Marathon record after running an impressive time of 1:06:22 in the 21km event.

In the women's 5,000 metres event, 17-year-old Sarah Koomson of the University of Development Studies won gold after recording a time of 17:14 seconds at the expense of Mary Dotso of the University of Education, Winneba, who finished in a time of 19:01 seconds. Sarah also grabbed another gold in the women's 1,500 race.

Other winners were Mercy Angaachaab of UCC (800m), Charles Baah of UEW (800m, men division), Latifa Ali of UCC (200m) and Kate Agyemang (100m).