Joseph Paul Amoah (JPA) is one of ten athletes competing for Ghana at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.
His first race was not pleasant as he finished 6th in heat 3 of the 100m. His 10.36sec time was not enough to make the semis and he spoke to the media after the race.
JPA: I knew the first part of my race was the bad part. I have been working on it since I got back from African Games. I just wanted to perfect that side but I have been battling injuries too. You know I got back to school to try and train for the competition. It was like an up and down thing. Sometimes I would like to go to practice and wouldn’t finish because of the injury and all that but I thank God for helping me to come out of the race healthy.
On what it means to race at the highest level
JPA: It’s every athlete’s dream to be at the World Championships and Olympics, so racing at this level is like a dream come true – and there are still more years.
I am young and still learning so I will take this as a lesson to get better.
On why he fizzled out after starting brightly
Joseph Paul Amoah: I started breaking down and you know [that] competing in the NCA is a very long season and you know we are still trying. Next year, we will try and minimize the races that I will run in the NCA to get the chance to run better in the Olympics.
I think I run that first part well and I feel like fatigue hit me, so I feel like if it wasn’t for that I would have.