Coppin State track star Joseph Manu recently chatted with PressBox about his memories from the Tokyo Games last summer, his favorite spot to eat in Maryland and more. Manu was slated to compete in the Games along with Coppin teammate Joseph Amoah, but a hamstring injury forced Manu to the sidelines just days before he was set to run. Manu then returned to Coppin State, where he continues to run for the Eagles.

PressBox: What is your favorite memory from representing Ghana at the Tokyo Games?
Joseph Manu: I couldn’t run [due to a hamstring injury] and I had to sit in the stands. It was the first time I had to watch the race from the stands and it was terrifying. It was a fun moment, but it was a little bit terrifying because I know you feel the pressure when you’re running, but it’s kind of like times two when you’re sitting in the stands. You can’t do anything about it. You’re just watching it. You’re just thinking about all the possible things that could go wrong and everything.

PB: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
JM: Usain Bolt

PB: What was your favorite sports team growing up?
JM: Chelsea Football Club

PB: What is your favorite movie of all time?
JM: “John Wick”

PB: What show have you binge-watched recently?
JM: “The Originals” on Netflix

PB: Who is your favorite musician?
JM: Bruno Mars

PB: What is your favorite book?
JM: “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

PB: What is your favorite vacation spot?
JM: Miami

PB: What is your favorite spot to eat in Maryland?
JM: Rahama African Restaurant [in Silver Spring]

PB: What is your favorite food to eat back home in Ghana?
JM: Waakye

Photo Credit: Tim Rice/TagTheShooter

Issue 273: February/March 2022

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