Gina Bass, Africa’s fastest in 200m race has won the 60m women final at the IAAF World Athletics Tour in France on Tuesday.
This is the first time Gina is competing in 60m race and she’s pleased with her victory. The sensational sprinter powered away to a 7.16sec win.
“The goal was just to come out and execute every think I was training and I think I did that,” Gina told The Chronicle after the race.“It feels good to compete in 60m for the first and emerge victorious. I’ve been working so hard am ready to take on any athlete.”
In 2019, Gina Bass recorded her name in the history books after winning the 200m gold at the African Games. She beat Ivorian Marie Josee Tallou who is regarded as Africa’s fastest, setting a new national record with a time of 22:58.
“It takes lot of hard work and consistency to win at events like this. I’ve been working very and always trying to be consistent.”
Gina’s achievement brought a lot of excitement across the country. “Gina has done all Gambians proud,” said Ousman Jagne. She has never disappointed our country. She needs our support.”
For Modou Gaye, another keen follower of Gambian athletics, this achievement by Gina doesn’t surprise him. ‘’ I am not surprised at all by this achievement”, he tells The Chronicle. “Gina has always been a very good athlete for The Gambia, she has been doing so well over the years.”
Gina now sets her eyes on not only winning gold medal but also setting another national record timing when the Olympic games kicks starts in Tokyo, Japan in July. “I believe in myself and that’s very important in athletics, “Gina said. It doesn’t matter what caliber of athletes you compete with, what matters to me is to work hard and stay focus before and during your race.”