The immediate past General Secretary of the University of Ghana Students Sports Council, Akuka Williams, came third in the maiden edition of the Millennium Marathon organized under the auspices of the Mayor of Accra.
The event which took place on Saturday 5th September in Accra saw the former GUSA long distance champion came 3rd in the main 21 kilometer race with a time of 1hour 7mins 13secs.
The 21km race which started from the Black Stars Square saw the athletes run through the Labadi Beach Road, Independence Avenue Road and the Accra High-Street before finishing at the starting point, the Black Stars Square.
Speaking to Univers Sports, Akuka Williams made mention of his disappointment towards the organization of the marathon.
“I think we have the potentials here in Ghana who can make it in the world but our leaders are not interested in our development,” he bemoaned.
He continued, “When you speak to them (leaders), they tell you they have people coming from all over the world and I think that’s not encouraging enough.”
“They have to at least send some us to Ethiopia or Kenya to train with the likes of Gebrselassie and I think we will come good,”Akuka William told Univers Sports.
“I thank God for this medal, coming third in this maiden edition,” he added.
Akuka is also calling on corporate institutions as well as the government to come to the aid of long distance runners in the country.
According to him, Ghana as a country has the talents thus; training and international exposure will help develop these talents.
Ethiopia’s Tereta Debela Delasa came first in the in the men’s division marathon and took away a brand new Peugeot saloon car whilst Kenya’s Genoge Waiyaki received $3,500 for being the runner-up.
Gebiqash Ayele from Ethiopia received a brand new Peugeot saloon car for placing first in the female division.
Ghana’s Millicent Boadi, who came second in the female division, received the $ 3,500.
South American Martha Ronceria, from Columbia, received $1,500 for being the first runner-up earlier.
Source: Radio Univers 105.7