Flings Joyner Owusu Agyapong
Flings Joyner Owusu Agyapong

Ghana’s top female sprinter Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong, has started preparations for the 209 World Athletics Championship and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Owusu-Agyapong, who is eyeing her first personal major international medal said, it has not been easy training and studying, but added that, her determination to be the sprint queen in Africa, was still on course.

Owusu-Agyapong, a graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, broke the school’s record for the 55, 60, and 100 metres and was a two-time 2nd team All-American.

She competed in the 100 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She was also the flag bearer for the Ghanaian team at the opening ceremony.

Owusu-Agyapong competed in the 60 metres at the 2014 and 2016 World Indoor Championships without advancing from the first round.

She competed in the 100 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She achieved qualification for the 100 metres in April 2016 by running 11.30 at the 2016 Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational in Miami, Florida.

With her teammates Gemma Acheampong, Janet Amponsah, and Beatrice Gyaman she achieved qualification for the 4 x 100 metres relay on 8 July 2016 by running 42.67 to win the 4 x 100 metres at the Soga-Nana Memorial meet in Cape Coast. The time of 42.67 was a new national record, eclipsing the previous record of 43.19 that had stood since 2000. The same team also won silver at the 2016 African Championships in Durban in June 2016 in a time of 44.05.

She finished 4th in her heat of the 100 metres in a time of 11.43 at the 2016 Olympic Games, but did not advance to the semifinals. In the 4 × 100 metres the team finished 8th in their heat in a time of 43.47 and did not qualify for the final.

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