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The first Eastern Regional Athletics Open Championship ended at Koforidua at the week-end with Alex Qyarmye winning the sprint double in the men's category. Qyarmye won the 100 metres in 11.41 seconds, beating Michael Osei Wusu and Selassi Adetu who clocked 11.42 seconds and 11.94 seconds respectively to place second and third.
In the 200 metres race Qyarmye breasted the tape in 23.76 seconds to place first and was followed by Adu Agyemang in second position with a time of 23.77 seconds while Samuel K. Boateng was third with a time of 23.81 seconds. Samuel Boateng won the 400 metres race with a time of 52.99 seconds. Philip Antwi came second with a time of 54.15 seconds and Kofi Gyan came third with 54.62 seconds.
In the 800 metres race, Fuseni Alhassan won with a time of 2:09:34 seconds. Spencer Asem came second with a time of 2:19:70 seconds and Christian Balawi came third in 2:14:80 seconds. The 1500 metres race was won by Emmanuel Danquah who returned a time of 4:32:68 seconds while Dankwa Boampong came second with a time of 4:34:38 seconds and Agyepong Mensah came third with a time of 4:37:38 seconds.
Other events competed for in the men's division included 4 x 400 metres, Javelin and long Jump. In the female division, Theresa Koomson won the 100 metres race with a time of 13.65 seconds. Sera Kwakye followed in second position with a time of 14.52 seconds and Philomina Abeka came third with a time of 14.68 seconds. Sheila Ansah won the 200 metres race with a time of 31.14 seconds, Sarah Asafo Adjei was second in 31.36 seconds and Philomina Abeka came third, clocking 31.86 seconds.
In the 400 metres race, Comfort Abugri Donkor came first with a time of 1:11:70 seconds, beating Salamatu Yusif (1:14:17) and Victoria Teye (1:15:17) to second and third positions respectively. Dorcas Seruah won the 800 metres race with a time of 2:33:22 seconds, Mary Okyere came second with a time of 2:52:92 seconds and Adu Hemang Kezie came third with a time of 2:59:02 seconds.
Theresa Koomson leapt 4.66 metres to win the long jump. Elizabeth Agyemang jumped 4.08 metres to place second while Doris Adjei jumped 3.88 metres to come third. In all 115 people, mostly students took part in the championship. Commenting on the performance of the athletes, Mr Ekow Wilson, Eastern Regional Athletics coach described the general performance of the competitors as "good for school level competition." He said the Regional Athletics Association would organise more of such activities to help raise the standard of athletics in the region.
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