Akua Obeng-Akrofi

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School — Columbia (2018)akua-obeng-akrofi
Country — Ghana
Hometown — Lawrenceville, Ga.
Event — 4x100m relay
Event Qualification — Thurs., August 18th, 10:20am Eastern
Event Finals — Fri., August 19th, 9:15pm Eastern

Akua Obeng-Akrofi was a highly recruited sprinter out of high school, leaving her mark in the Georgia high school record books in open sprints and as a part of relay teams.  Once she set foot on the indoor track in a Light Blue uniform, she started doing the same thing.

After two years in the Ivy League, she’s in the conference record books for the indoor 200m and has scored for Columbia in the 60m, 200m, 400m, and both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays at the Heps Championships.  She’s also earned All-East honors in the indoor 200m and was a two-time HepsTrack Rookie of the Week selection in 2014-15 season.  She’s a growing force to be reckoned with in the 400m as she has made it to the NCAA East Preliminary second round as a sophomore.

Although she grew up in the United States, Obeng-Akrofi was born in Ghana and emigrated over at a young age.  Ghana has kept tabs on her during her collegiate career so far, reporting her results whenever she sets a new personal best in an event.  In the spring of 2016, Obeng-Akrofi started competing as a part of the Ghana’s 4×100 relay team.  She did double duty at the 2016 Penn Relays, where she participated as a member of Columbia’s 4×100 and sprint medley teams, and then came back the next day to race with Ghana in the USA vs the World’s Women 4×100 Championship.  She represented Ghana in the 400m at the 2016 African Athletics Championship, where she made it to the semifinals.  She was selected to Ghana’s Olympic Team in July 2016 to compete in the women’s 4×100 relay – a team that is ranked 15th in the world going into the Olympic Games.

Additional resources:

Columbia Athletics: Akua Obeng-Akrofi to Represent Ghana at Rio Olympics
Peace FM Online: Ghana’s Team For The Rio 2016 Olympics
My Joy Online: Ghana wins first medal at African Senior Athletics Championship in South Africa

– Mary Boggs