Former Wildcat Present in Rio
Article provided by Andrew Glover, Wiley College Sports Information Director
RIO de JANEIRO – Former Wiley College track athlete John Ampomah threw the javelin in the Olympic Qualifying Round Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium.
Ampomah, who won the Wildcats’ first individual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship in 2014, represented his home country of Ghana. His best throw was on his second attempt, when he threw for a distance of 80.39 meters, which ranked 11th among competitors in his qualifying group.
His other attempts went for 79.09 and 78.90 meters respectively. The top four in each qualifying group advanced to the finals.
Ampomah holds the Ghanaian national record for javelin at an Olympic qualifying standard distance at 83.09 meters. When he was at Wiley College he threw 74.42 meters to win his NAIA Championship in 2014. Ampomah helped the Wildcats win their first Red River Athletic Conference Championship.