By Lamin Drammeh
It has been an incredible and historic moment for the Gambian athlete sensation Gina Bass who just secured a gold medal for her country.
Gina is currently representing the Gambia in the ongoing world international Athletics Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The 22-year-old sprinter who currently holds national records in the 100 & 200 meters has edged out fellow athletes in the race to claim the gold medal after finishing first in the 100 meters race this evening, Wednesday, May 18, 2017.
She continued her impressive performance and came out 2nd in the 200 meters race to grab the silver medal, bringing her total number of medals to two, (gold & silver). This is the highest achievement registered by a Gambian athlete in that category and arguably the best ever. Gina qualified for the Baku championship after winning a bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the African women’s athletics championship held in Durban last year.
She represented the Gambia in the 2016 summer Olympics games that took place in Rio de Jenerio, Brazil as the country’s flag bearer. She was placed 52 during the Rio olympics but her latest achievement is likely to see her jump massive steps ahead in the world athletics rankings.
Gina was recently awarded female athlete of the year by the sports journalists association of the Gambia in recognition of her outstanding performance in the field of athletics.
However, Gina is competing in the Islamic Games athletics championship along with fellow sprinter and comrade Adama Jammeh who also participated in the 100 & 200 meters race respectively.
Adama finished 4th in the men’s 200 meter race but failed to advance to the final in the 100 meters race earlier today in Baku.
Adama 23, like Gina, was also named best athlete (men category), of the year by the country’s sports journalists following his brilliant athletics display over the past 12 months.
He represented the Gambia at the world athletics championship in Beijing, China, African athletics championship in Durban as well as the Rio Olympics games.