BALTIMORE – UMBC track and field fifth-year senior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) represented his home country of Togo in the African Championships on Sunday, Aug. 10 and broke a national record in the shot put with a throw of 16.33m.
"I am very proud of Yao," said assistant track and field coach Peter Koumlelis. "He has worked very hard for this. I know that he takes great pride in representing his country. There is no doubt in my mind that in the future he will be a medalist at this competition."
Adantor, a captain of the track and field team a season ago, was competing in his first African Championships. Adantor made the finals in the event on day one of competition, with a toss of 15.17m. His record-setting throw came in the fifth round and placed him eighth in the competition.
Adantor reset UMBC's shot put record (16.60m) while claiming the top spot in the event at the Morgan State Legacy Meet on April 20, 2013.
The African Championships will run through Thursday, Aug. 14 in Marrakech, Morocco.