EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President Adama Barrow Friday presented title deeds of land to the Gambian sprinter Gina Bass and other Gambian Gold Medal winners at the African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The president received The Gambian team to the games at the State House to personally congratulate them for their exceptional performance and for putting the country’s name on the athletic world map.
Gina breezed past Ivorian favourite Marie Josee Tallou to win 200 m gold. She had earlier lost to Tallou in the 100m race but later recovered to beat the Ivorian who is regarded as the fastest woman on the continent. With her triumph, the 24-year-old incidentally set a new national best of 22m 58secs.
While Gina Bass and the volleyball players who won gold were given land, President Barrow gave D50, 000 to each of the other players in the Gambian delegation.
Gina had earlier won silver in the women’s 100m, making her the most decorated Gambian sprinter ever. “I feel good. The aim is for me to be on point when I get to the Doha world championships. My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium,” the new African 200m champion was quoted as saying, and added, “For me, it is a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”