On the first day of the championship he finished with the gold in the 100-meter dash, stopping the clock at 10.49 seconds, a new personal record and a new Israeli record for cadets. As a result, expectations from him skyrocketed ahead of the double-distance run, and even there Afrifa “provided the goods.”
Also in the 200-meter dash he cruised to first place with a simply great result of 21.17 seconds, which made him admit in an interview with the sports channel “I’m just speechless. I did not expect, I am happy and I just have nothing to say.”
Why is Afrifa left speechless? Because he improved his personal record, set a new Israeli record for cadets and also for youth up to the age of 20, and with this result he was able to stand on the podium at the World Cadet Championships with a bronze medal around his neck.
Afrifa was born in Israel to a couple of refugees from Ghana and only about a month ago received Israeli citizenship after a bureaucratic procedure of several months. He started training in athletics when he was 11 and very quickly his association, Maccabi Tel Aviv, realized that they had a special treasure in their hands.
It seems that Afrippa has the greatest potential here in the short runs in recent years. Our coach Yigal balloon Told that he had never coached an athlete at such a high level at that age. Gal Levy, The director of the athletics department at Maccabi Tel Aviv even admitted “in my intuitions, in my feelings, there has never been another such athlete in the short runs in our districts yet”.
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