Ghana sprinter Vivian Mills produces fastest 400m time in over 10 years

Sprinter Vivian Mills produced the fastest 400m time on Ghanaian soil, by Ghanaians and foreigners alike, in about a decade after clocking a personal best of 53.85s in the 3rd stop of the 2014 National Open Championship Series, held at El Wak Stadium on Saturday, 19th April, can confirm.

The former Central Region 200m and 400m athlete’s performance comes after a string of impressive displays in four earlier competitions this year.

The Ghana National Fire Service Officer also ran impressively in the maiden event of the Ghana Athletic Circuit Championship, in Wa earlier this month.

She had previously paced the 200m event in a fantastic time of 24.32s, during the second leg of the National Open Championship series, held at the Legon stadium in January.

Mills has thus met the B-qualifying standard for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and has also qualified for the African Championships in both the 200m and 400m. She expressed her delight at her achievement.

“It was a good race. I needed to make the time for the Commonwealth Games so I put my all into it,” she told adding that, “I also wanted to make sure I set a mark for my subsequent performances this year.”

The one-time Central Region sprint Queen went off the radar for about four years, but resurfaced earlier this year when she was invited back to track and field by the President of the Ghana Athletics Association, Professor Francis Dodoo. She admits that being invited to camp has been very beneficial to her.

“There have been a lot of changes. Now my sprinting has changed improved given the rigorous training regime Prof. Yendork has been taking us through. The training is very hard and the coach has taught as a lot.” Mills is confident that her and her teammates will be ready to do Ghana proud this year.

Vivian Mills and US based sprinter Janet Amponsah were once great rivals on the tracks during their days in second school where Mills competed for the Central Region while Amponsah represented the Ashanti Region.

Mills is eagerly looking forward to rekindle her healthy rivalry with Janet in the coming months.

“We have never met in the 200m event. Maybe we will meet in the Grand Prix.”

Asked about the possible outcome if she meets Janet on the tracks again, Vivian Mills told that, “Only God can separate us.”

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