There was a major upset in Kumasi last Saturday as a university of Ghana , Desmond Aryee , beat home favorite Charles Okyere to win the mens 100m race in the Ashanti zone of the GNPC Ghana Fastest Human in a time of 10.41 seconds.
Okyere, the Ashanti Region-based sprinter who was highly tipped by the local fans to carry the day, crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds later much to the dismay of the fans.
Aryee’s surprise victory automatically qualified him for the grand finale after showing the zeal and character to beat his challengers, including another local guy Stephen Opoku, who clocked a time to finish in third position.
The special talent hunt exercise, involving a series of 100 meters competitions, attracted a sizeable crowd including the 19996 commonwealth gold medalist Oko Addy and 1974 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Ohene Karikari, and in their presence Hor Halutie of T.I Amass won the ladies event in a time of 11.73 seconds. She was followed by Latifa Ali in a time of 11.89 and Kate Agyemang (12.0 sec)
In the boys under-18 category, Edwin Kwablah of T.I Amass won the race in 10.52 seconds, followed by Prempeh Colleges Samuel Asare (10.62) and Martinson Yebaoh of KASS (10.70) in that order.
Christiana Bakika of JAPASS won the girls under-18 racein 12.46 seconds ahead of Grace Odourof T.I AMASS(12.49) and third placed Beatrice Boakye of Kumasi Wesley Girls (12.62).
Ibrahim Mustaphaof Effisco (11.23) had on problem beating Ayaay Ampong from T.I AMASS (11.44) and Kofi Frimpong from Tafo Pankrono (11.47) in the boys under 15race with Linda Amponash of WESCO winning the girls under 15 event in 12.84 seconds ahead of Jennifer Yeboah of OKESS (13.18) Samuel Blessing of Presby JHS (13.18)
In the under 10 competition, Awudu NUrudeenof T.I AMASS picked the firatposition in 12.44 seconds followed by Sulley Razak of St Crprian School and Yaw Boadu of T.I AMASS (12.93)
For the girls event, it was Christiana Dadzie of the New Paradise School who finished first in 13.12 seconds, leaving Ellen Opoku of