Anti Nana Bempong represented his new colours for the first time after moving to the United states 2 years ago. The new Montclair man participated in his first competition after two years of not jumping since leaving the University of Ghana. The opening season kicked off yesterday with the Ghanaian jumper repping his new school.
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Starting from the 1.80m and 1.90m on his first attempts but struggled a bit at 1.95m. He missed his first two jumps but made it on his third attempt. He looked a bit rusty as it was very evident the former UG jumper kept on missing some of his steps. He cleared 2.00m on his first attempt but failed to make it in any of his 3 attempts on 2.03m.
“The whole time I stayed focused, it was tough but I had to keep it moving. . “I worked hard at practice and that carried into the meet, and I got the job done of placing in my first major competition “ – he said
Starting strong and finishing strong, the former Legon jumper was pleased with himself even though he made a strong statement about working more to be able to be at the highest level. Speaking to our kwesilive.com, Bempong said:
Obviously, I am super happy to be out here competing after 2 years of not doing what I love. To have a top 3 finish that is fantastic. The way the athletes competed , I couldn’t be prouder. Where we are right now, we are extremely satisfied. But there’s more work to be done” – he went on to say
“This is pretty significant to me because for two years now I’ve been out. This year, I wanted to go out there and have fun and jump, and not worry about anybody else and I think I had fun i was nervous but I was cool.
This is the fast track season opener and he has set his sights on breaking his personal best and also putting his name in the history of NCCA high jump.
By: Vinyl Tong