Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku is a Ghanaian sprinter, who is currently in West Texas A&M University.
|Benjamin Azamati Profile Summary|
|Born: 14 January 1998|
|Profession: Sprinter/100m, 200m|
|Hometown: Akim Oda|
|Record: 9.97s (1.5m/s)|
|Full Name: Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku|
His personal first best of 10.32 was established during the 2019 Summer Universiade – Men’s 100 metres.
Azamati was born on 14 January 1998 to John and Faustina Azamati in Akim oda, Ghana. His preferred sport growing up was football but transitioned to athletics while attending Presbyterian boys senior high school in Accra where his running talent was discovered by his PE masters (Nathaniel Botchway, Gideon Appah, and Mr. Kofi Dadzie).
As a 22-year old he emerged as an Olympic hopeful for Ghana in the sprints after running 100 metres in 10.02 seconds HT at the 2019 Ghana’s Fastest Human competition.
He won the gold medal at the 2019 African Games in Rabat. He won the GUSA 100m on two occasions.
Benjamin Azamati breaks 22-year-old Ghana 100m record to qualify for Tokyo Olympics.
Sprinter Benjamin Azamati, broke Leo Myles-Mills’ long standing Ghana national record in the 100m and booked a place at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with a smashing 9.97s (1.5m/s) run in Heat 8 of the Texas Relays on Friday afternoon.
The West Texas A&M freshman also became the first NCAADII athlete to dip under 10.00s, breaking Darell Green’s record (10.08s) set in 1983.
The time is also a World Lead (WL), the first man to go under10.00s in 2021.
The race was the former PRESEC and University of Ghana student’s first race of the outdoor season following an impressive indoor campaign in which he set records in the 60m dash at the Lone Star Championships and was named the NCAADII Indoor Athlete of the Year.
Significantly, the 23 year old’s Azamati has punched a ticket to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, with the qualifying standards for the 100m pegged at 10.05s.
He becomes the 3rd Ghanaian athlete to book a ticket to Tokyo after 100m and 200m runner Joseph Paul Amoah and triple jump athlete Nadia Eke.
Myles-Mill’s 100m record, set in Boise in the 1999 NCAA Championships, is one of the longest standing records in Ghana athletics, although Aziz Zakari (9.99s) came close in 2005.
Azamati’s run is even more impressive considering he sliced a whopping 0.35s off his previous PB which stood at 10.32s (2019).
He ran a smashing 2nd leg in Ghana’s gold medal winning 4x100m relay race at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
He is expected to link up with teammates Sean Safo-Antwi, Joseph Paul Amoah and Martin Owusu-Antwi for the World Relays in Poland in May as team Ghana attempt to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.