2020 GUSA Games: Rafiatu confident UDS will claim athletics title

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The UDS athletics team
The UDS athletics team

Ghanaian teenage athletics sensation Rafiatu Nuhu is confident her school, the University of Development Studies will finish tops in the athletics competition at the ongoing Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games currently underway at the Main Stadium of the University of Ghana.

Rafiatu led the UDS women’s team to claim gold in the women’s 4x400 relay event setting a new record of 3:44 seconds against the previous time of 3:46 seconds set by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in 2018 at Tamale.

The UDS team, comprising of Grace Aduntira, Sakina Awam,  Kate Agyemang and Rafiatu started the race on a good note and led the pack till the end finishing in 3:44 seconds ahead of top contenders UCC which drew loud applause and cheers from the crowd.
At the time of filing this report, UDS has bagged six gold medals in athletics in the women’s 100m, 4x400, 5000m, 1500m, 400m and 200m events. The UDS team has also recorded a number of silver and bronze medals.

In the women’s 5000m event, 17-year-old Sarah Koomson grabbed gold for UDS 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.

Speaking in a post event interview, Rafiatu said: “We believed in ourselves that we we will win this race and also win the athletics competition so we worked hard to achieve our aim. I am also happy that we were able to set a new record. It such a good feeling.”  

In the men’s 4x400 relay, UCC’s Owusu Gad, Neeyi Akeeseh Arthur, Frimpong Prince Charles and Israel Anane Dome won gold finishing in a time of 3:09 seconds.

University of Ghana duo of Benjamin Azamati and Grace Obuor won gold in the men’s 100m and 400m events respectively.
Grace Obour powered through the finish line to win gold with a time of 53.07s, breaking the record set last year by Rafiatu Nuhu at the Tamale edition.

Grace, a bronze medalist at the 2019 Africa Games was unstoppable as she galloped, leading the pack from start to finish with her closest competitor being Rafiatu Nuhu.