John Ampomah breaks national javelin record

John Ampomah has set a new national javelin record after throwing 76.50m to comfortably win his third outdoor competition in Auburn- Alabama.

Ampomah’s new personal best replaces the previous record of 75.99m, which he set at the CAA African Championships in August, 2014 where he placed 5th overall.

It was very remarkable that all of Ampomah’s six throws on the day would have won the competition.

The 2012 African Championship silver medalist opened with 67.18m, before improving to 73.15m, 74.28m and 74.89m on his second, third and fourth attempts.

The Konongo-born athlete dug deep into his reserves to produce a lifetime best 76.50m with his fifth attempt before closing with 73.58m.

Ethan Rich came second with a throw of 62.71m while Justin Carter placed third with 61.98m.

John Ampomah broke onto the scene in 2012, obliterating the 19-year old national record with a throw of 69.00m in March 2012 in Tamale, before improving the record two more times at the African Championship, where he won silver, and at the 2012 rlg Grand Prix where he threw 73.69m.

While schooling at Wiley College, Ampomah set a new national javelin record after throwing 74.42m on his way to winning the javelin championship at the 2014 US NAIA National Championships.

Ampomah smashed the previous mark of 74.35m which he set in his first competition at the Jim Mize Invitational on 22nd March, 2014.

Credit: Ghana Athletics Association