Gambia’s top female sprinter Gina Bass recorded her name in 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.
Gina’s achievement brought a lot of excitement across the country. “Gina has done all Gambians proud,” said Ousman Jagne. ‘’I am a football fan, but since the commencement of the all African Games, I’ve been following her progress.”
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.”
Tallou beat Bass in 100m finals earlier on in the competition, however Gina recovered to make history for herself. ‘’She is a fighter” said Veronic Mendy. ‘’She has always been fighting for this country, and today she made all of us proud.”