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Cycling: Anthony Boakye Is Road Race King – Mum Sheds Tears of Joy

An average speed of 38.2 km/hr was registered in the bitter 156km road criterium over 16 laps inside the Sunyani municipality.
River Park’s Anthony Boakye established his dominance in the road race  category with a blistering sprint finish in the 156km clearance over 16 laps winning the Gold medal  ahead of rival Frank Akuffo of Velo stars.
Boakye again won Gold in the Under 23 division by the same performance.
The Sunyani based Wheeler was the obvious favourite but he would have attested to the fact that the close shave attacks of the Velo stars attacker was just too scary.
For the first time in the history of Ghana cycling the sunyani based rider was presented and decorated in his Gold medal by his own mother in front of the emotional crowd.
Fellow teammate Clement Kusi summed up the host and win agenda with a third spot placement.
Boakye made a time of 3hrs 55 mins 50 secs ahead of Frank Akuffo’s 3 hrs 55mins 51 secs. Clement Kusi followed in 3hrs 55mins 52 secs.
The race began on a fine note but around the 8th lap the speed had dramatically reduced with most of the riders amazingly elated at the slow pace.
By this time,there had been a breakaway of three riders – Clement Kusi of River Park Brong Ahafo, Godwin Dzeha of City Migro  and Abdul Rahman also of City Migro.
The breakaway trio managed to create a big gap of 12 mins between them and the lazy bunch who had no riding intention of closing up .
With 7 laps to go something unusual happened.
The lazy bunch changed tactics. They realised cycling was all about riding against time and not individuals. The speed rate changed all of a sudden. The breakaway trio’s time gap of 12 mins had been narrowed by 6 minutes.
By the 13th lap , the difference was just 3 minutes. The crowd chanted in joy and disbelief because it was the home favourite who had sprang up and  electrified his pace closely monitored by Velo Stars Frank Akuffo.
The peloton had broken in three groups. 2 more laps to go and the gap time difference was less than a minute.
By the final lap,the working breakaway comprising Anthony Boakye, Frank Akuffo and Clement Kusi had demarginalized the gap and looked set to kill the finish line.
The signal of the white flag by the flagman added more fury,purpose and momentum to the final lap. Great speed and concentration was visible.
The Sunyani based roller sped past  the finish line with lightning speed followed closely by Frank Akuffo of Velo Stars. The crowd’s prediction on the former had come to pass.
In the Juniors category  River Park Eastern’s Ali Stephen won Gold  clocking a time of 2 hrs 40 mins 41 secs.
Solomon Tagoe of Gutten  cycling club came second with a siver medal in a time of 2 hrs 40mins 42 secs with River Park Sunyani’s diminutive sprinter Gabriel Tettey placing third in 2hrs 41mins 58secs with the Bronze medal.
In the female category Erica Sedzro maintained her pride as the undisputed National champion to win the 50km road race over 5 laps in a time of 1 hr 46mins 41 secs to win Gold.
Adombire Sylvia Assibi came second with the silver medal in 1hr 47mins 41secs.
Debutant and future prospect Clementina Ayoung  took the Bronze medal in her best time of 1hr 53mins 12secs. She again won Gold in the Under 23 category.
New comer Naomi Lamptey won her first Gold medal in competitive cycling in the Junior division making a time of 2hrs 12mins 45secs.

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