Volta Region’s Afadzinu Makafui yesterday emerged winner of the men’s 1500m event at the Colleges of Education Sports Association (COESA) Games currently underway at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.
Afadzinu who recorded a time of 4:08 secs, beat stiff competition from Northern Zones’ Mohammed Barry and Anyenaba Amos, who finished second and third in a time of 4:09 and 4:13 secs respectively.
Eastern and Greater Accra (EGA) Zone representative, Amartey Isaac came fourth.
In the women’s 1500m division, Deborah Boahene from the Ashanti/Brong Ahafo (ASHBA) Zone finished first within a time of 5:05 secs ahead of Adijah Amadu (Northern Zone), Alberta Hlorgbe (Volta) and Naomi Oppong (Central/Western) who were second, third and fourth in that order.
In both events, the Northern representatives started on a good note and led the pack but lost the ultimate to their competitors after minutes of battle on the field.
Running in the presence of a large crowd which included the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Sa-eed, the athletes put up a good show. ASHBA’s Deborah Boahene, who last Sunday led her team to grab their first gold medal in the cross country event, increased her speed at the dying minutes of the 1500m race to overtake the leaders to pick another gold for ASHBA.
Meanwhile, the Northern Zone last Monday, beat Volta 1-0 in the football competition played after the official opening ceremony held at the same venue.
850 athletes and 300 officials from 46 Colleges of Education across the 10 regions of Ghana are competing for honours at the biennial Games.
The Colleges have been divided into five zones with the three Northern Regions forming the Northern Zone, Ashanti/ Brong Ahafo, Central/Western (CENWEST), Eastern/Greater Accra (EGA) and Volta Zones.
The theme for this year’s edition is ‘The Role of Colleges of Education in the Restoration of Physical Education and Sports in our Schools’.