Ghana's Alex Amankwah currently owns the fastest men's 800m time in the world in 2015

Ghanaian Alex Amankwah smashed Kennedy Osei’s 20 year-old national 800m indoor record after running a World Leading 1:46.86 at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday January 24.

The previous national indoor best had been 1:47.24, set by Kennedy Osei at a meet in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 25th February, 1995.

The University of Alabama junior, who won with a comfortable personal best followed by Leslie Cory in 1:47.63 and Jacopo Lahbi in 1:48.28, also broke his school’s 11-year old 800m record in the process.

[link id="650" tax="post_tag" text="Alex Amankwah"] was born in [link id="7" tax="category" text="Ghana"] on March 2, 1992, before emigrating to the USA with his parents Erick Amankwah and Dorothy Nyarko in later years.

The 22 year-old has been on the Ghana Athletics Association’s radar for a while now and, received consideration for the 2014 Commonwealth Games/African Championship selection for the 4x400m relay team, after just missing the GAA’s 800m qualifying standard.

Like many other national athletes, he will be looking forward to meeting the [link id="344" tax="post_tag" text="Ghana Athletics Association"]’s selection criteria for the 2015 All Africa Games and the World Championships in Beijing when the outdoor season begins.

His performance comes only a week after another national athlete, [link id="641" tax="post_tag" text="Flings Owusu-Agyapong"], posted a world leading 7.18 in the 60m at the Gotham Cup in New York.

OFFICIAL RESULTS - Vanderbilt Invitational 2015

Below is the latest Ghana athletics rankings as at January 24, 2015:


  • Janet Amponsah 6.95s 16-Jan Personal Best/2nd Ranked in the World
  • Doreen Agyei 7.24s 06-Dec


  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong 7.18s 16-Jan =National Record/World Leader
  • Janet Amponsah 7.41s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Gemma Acheampong 7.49s 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Shekara Boakye 7.49s 16-Jan Personal Best
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 7.60s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • (Hand Time) Akua Obeng-Akrofi 7.3s 05-Dec


  • Janet Amponsah 24.01s 24-Jan
  • Gemma Acheampong 24.71s 23-Jan
  • Akua Obeng-Akrofi 25.06s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Doreen Agyei 25.09s 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Shekara Boakye 25.18s 09-Jan Personal Best
  • Lynette Akai 25. 69s 25-Jan


  • Gemma Acheampong 39.50s 16-Jan Personal Best


  • Ama Larbi 57.56s 10-Jan
  • Bless Dupeh 58.54s 09-Jan
  • Elizabeth Dadzie 59.07s 04-Dec


  • Stephanie Aidoo 1.17.28s 16-Jan Personal Best
  • Bless Dupeh 1.17.63s 09-Jan Personal Best


  • Bless Dupeh 1.39.63s 04-Dec Personal Best


  • Lydia Mato 10.49.31s 09-Jan


  • Lydia Mato 17.14.40s 16-Jan Personal Best


  • Elizabeth Dadzie 8.59s 24-Jan Personal Best

High Jump

  • Elizabeth Dadzie 1.55m 06-Dec

Long Jump

  • Nadia Eke 5.81m 16-Jan Personal Best

Shot Put

  • Obeng Marfo 14.20m 17-Jan Personal Best
  • Claudia Ababio 13.91m 24-Jan Personal Best

Weight Throw

  • Claudia Ababio 16.20m 10-Jan Personal Best
  • Obeng Marfo 16.02m 17-Jan Personal Best


  • Allah Laryea Akrong 6.74s 09-Jan
  • Carrington Akosa 6.89s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Solomon Afful 6.89s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Emmanuel Dasor 6.92s 17-Jan
  • Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 6.95s 09-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 21.36s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Carrington Akosa 22.11s 05-Jan Personal Best
  • Daniel Gyasi 22.11s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Solomon Afful 22.41s 24-Jan Personal Best
  • Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 22.59s 09-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 47.29s 17-Jan Personal Best
  • Daniel Gyasi 48.40s 24-Jan


  • Emmanuel Dasor 1.22.24s 04-Dec


  • Alex Amankwah 1.46.86m 24-Jan =National Record/World Leader


  • Yakubu Ibrahim 8.11s 06-Dec
  • Atsu Nyamadi 8.41s 04-Dec

Pole Vault

  • Jordan Yamoah 4.70m 16-Jan
  • Atsu Nyamadi 3.50m 06-Dec

High Jump

  • Atsu Nyamadi 1.89m 04-Dec

Long Jump

  • Atsu Nyamadi 7.17m 04-Dec Personal Best

Triple Jump

  • Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi 15.34m 07-Dec
  • Atsu Nyamadi 15.04m 06-Dec Personal Best
  • Michael Bruce 14.63m 24-Jan Personal Best

Shot Put

  • Atsu Nyamadi 14.20m 09-Jan Personal Best
  • John Ampomah 14.13m 09-Jan Personal Best