2022 Women’s National Cross Country winner Juliana Lariba Sakat has vowed to maintain her form ahead of the 13th African Games.
The 25-year-old, who hails from the Upper East Region, beat 91 other competitors with a time of 35:07.90 in Akim Oda on Saturday to emerge winner in the women’s division.
Despite having 2021 champion Belinda Segbobu and 2020 winner Ramata Abdulai both in action, Lariba still recorded an impressive time to finish ahead of them.
And, she has vowed to keep her form ahead of the Games which comes off in August 2023.
“I have been working hard for Ghana all the time and I will keep this fire burning till 2023 for the Games,” she told the media.
Meanwhile, this year’s competition forms part of a series of qualification events to select Team Ghana for the Accra 2023 Games.
Ghana’s national record time in the women’s category is 30:01:00 and she says she has firmly set her sights on lowering the long-standing record for the division.
“I want to better my time by reducing it drastically. The national record is 30.01 and my target is to get to that record,” she stated.