Benjamin Kwaku Azamati is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment on the University of Ghana campus and Ghana as a whole.
A Marine Science student of the Premier University and a proud resident of the Mensah Sarbah Hall. As a 100 meter runner, Azar as he is popularly known came into the limelight of the University of Ghana Sports during the 2018 Inter Hall Athletics competition, where he led the Mensah Sarbah Hall’s 4×100 relay team to win Gold after an exhilarating finishing.
This qualified him for a slot into the University of Ghana athletics team to represent the institution at the West African University Games (WAUG) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. After the various heats, he qualified for the finals of the 100meters race. Missing out on the medal zone during this final gave him enough motivation to train harder in order to do better during other competitions.
Getting into the latter part of last year, the school team began earnest training towards the mini GUSA games which were held at the University of Cape Coast. During this competition, he won all his 100 meter heats and qualified into the finals, where he beat with ease the then defending champion with a time of 10.61 seconds to win Gold in a very composed finish, amidst three athletes who were disqualified for false starts.
The year 2019 got better, when in March Azar represented UG in the maiden edition of the African Universities Olympic Championship games hosted by the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He won all of his heats once again in this competition, qualifying him into the finals where he won gold, with an improved time as well.
After the African Olympics competition, the University of Ghana Sports directorate collaborated with the Ghana Athletics Association to organize an open championship for all athletes across the nation in order to test their qualification towards the all African Games in August, to be hosted by Morocco. Azar won in all his heats, qualified for the finals and won, amidst the company of other equally good national athletes. He won the final race with a personal best time of 10.52 seconds.
Starting his athletics career, Azameti has been known to be the most improved athlete under a space of one year, starting with a time of 10.71 and now doing a personal best time of 10.52 which he intends to improve upon.
He is currently working towards the GNPC Ghana’s fastest human competition to be held in the Central Region of Ghana later in the month. He is also set to be part of a contingent to represent Ghana at the World University Games to be held in Napoli, Italy.
As part of his contributions to University of Ghana, the institution has gained a wide array of respect and recognition not only in Ghana, but in the whole of Africa as well since he is the current African Universities Champion. By dint of hard work, the University has the recognition of having the best sprinter currently in Ghana for both continental and worldwide competitions.
It is fair to say that Ghana has been given massive hope for the future as the young Benjamin Azamati looks to raise the flag of mother Ghana high in the coming years with the nation patiently awaiting it’s first Olympic gold medal.
By: Vinyl Tong