Ghanaian sprinter, Benjamin Azamati has failed to progress to the semi-finals of the 100-metres sprint in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Yohan Blake and Benjamin Azamat competed in Heat 7 as Benjamin Azamati is making his Olympic debut for the first time in his career.
Benjamin Azamati finished in fourth place with a timing of 10.13 seconds, behind Australian Rohan Browning, Jamaican Yohan Blake, and Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah
The challenge for Benjamin Azamati is Yohan Blake, a four-time gold medallist in the 4x100m relay and a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m.
In his Olympic debut on Saturday, 31 July, the 23-year-old made a sluggish start to the race and it showed. While he did manage to keep up with the group, he was unable to outrun the three runners ahead of him.
Ghana will still benefit from Azamati’s expertise in the 4×100 metre relay.
Sprinter Leo Myles Mills’ 22-year national record was broken on March 26 in Texas when he clocked a time of 9.97 seconds, qualifying him for the Tokyo Olympics.
Before his first race, Benjamin Kwaku Azamati spoke to the media.
Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku revealed in an interview with TV3 that he hoped to smash Usain Bolt’s Olympic record.
”It’s every athlete’s desire to break and establish records and as a sprinter, Usain Bolt’s record lies in front of him” – Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku said.
Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku who currently competes at West Texas A&M University made history by breaking a 22-year national record held by Leo Myles Mills on 26 March 2021 in Texas by clocking 9.97 seconds to qualify him for the Tokyo Summer Olympics.