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04.04.2006 Sports News

Six records fall at sports festival

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Nkwatia (E/R), April 4, GNA - Six records were broken at the five-day ninth annual Eastern Regional Second-Cycle Schools Super Zonal Sports festival which ended on Saturday at the St. Peters Secondary School at Nkwatia in the Kwahu South District.

The records were broken in the girl's high jump, long jump, javelin and 100 meters while the boys also set new records in the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres. Seven zones in the region took part in the festival.

Salamatu Musah of Kwahu Zone set a new record in the girls' high jump with a jump of 1.61 metres to beat her own record of 1.60 metres set in 2005 and was on hand again to set a new record of 5.15 metres in the long jump to erase the old record of 4.70 metres set in 2000. Regina Boateng also of the Kwahu Zone threw 29.91 meters in the girls' javelin to beat the old record of 24.09 metres set in 1999, with Kumasah Fatimatu of Koforidua Zone also setting a new 100 metres record of 12.78 seconds to beat to erase the old record of 13.01 seconds set in 1997.

In the boys' division, Abdul Rauf Rilwani also of Koforidua Zone, set a new record in the 100 metres with a new time of 10.78 seconds to beat the old record of 10.95 seconds set in 2001, and the Koforidua Zone again set a new record of 43.79 seconds in the 4 x 100 metres to beat the 44.81 seconds set by the Akim Oda Zone last year. Kwahu Zone collected seven trophies in athletics in both the boys and girls events, table tennis for boys and girls, hockey in boys and girls, the girls cross-country event, 4 x 100 metres girls and handball boys to harness 1,326.8 points to become the overall champions of the competition.

Koforidua Zone came second with 1,131.12 points followed by the Akuapem Zone at the third position with 1,035.1 points. The fourth position went to Somanya Zone who had 763.5 points with Akim Oda, Kibi and Asamankese Zones following in that order. The final football match between Kwahu Zone and Somanya Zone ended abruptly at the dying minutes of the first half when spectators started throwing stones at the match officials with the score at the time of the incident one-one.

The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Mrs Ewura Abena- Ahowi in her closing remarks, said the aim of the festival was to ensure unity among the athletes in the various schools of the zones and also to select a team to represent the region at the national festival. She, therefore, advised the athletes not to allow the results of the competition to override their interest and to avoid indiscipline behaviours and misunderstandings so as not to defeat the objective of the festival.

The Regional Director urged the athletes who will be selected to represent the region at the national festival to be held at Koforidua, to be dedicated and train hard to win more laurels for the region. She commended Mr Alfred Taylor, a US-based Ghanaian for donating 10 trophies for the festival.