The relay team had to wait patiently for the heats to be over before they could celebrate their qualification to the medal zone on Thursday
The Men’s 4×100 relay team of Ghana secured their place in the finals of the 2020 Olympic Games 4x100m relays in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday despite the anxiety and little frustration they went through since they had to wait for all the other heats to be completed to know their fate.
Ghana -with the quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Emmanuel Yeboah and Joseph Paul Amoah – finished their heat in fifth position with a time of 38.08s but were later confirmed as one of the nine countries to battle for a medal in the final since their time was selected among the best from all the heats.
Aside qualifying to the Olympics final, Team Ghana also made history as their time of 38.08s has become a new national record. They slashed down the old record of 38.12s set in 1997 at the World Championships in Greece by 0.04s.
The joy on the faces of the new record breakers was awesome since they couldn’t believe their eyes especially breaking a record set twenty four years ago by legendary quartet of Abu Duah, Eric Nkansah, Aziz Zakari and Emmanuel Tuffour.
With China, Italy and Canada in one group with Ghana, it was always going to be difficult for the African champions.
The final event for the men’s 4x100m final has been scheduled for 13:50GMT on Friday and Team Ghana will be in lane two as they hope to win another medal for the country.
Already, Ghana has won one bronze medal at the games after young boxer Samuel Takyi reached the semifinals of Men’s Featherweight Division of boxing.