By LAMIN SANYANG
Gambia’s Gina Bass is Africa’s new 100m champion after winning a gold medal at the Africa Athletic Championship Final in Mauritius.
The 26-year police officer cum sprinter has made history for her country, winning the continent’s senior athletic championship with a national record time 11:06.
The new queen is Gambia’s best female sprinter who last February, won the 60m women’s sprint final in the IAAF World Athletics indoors games in Dusseldorf, Germany. She was the first Gambian to leave a mark at the 2020 Olympic Games in women’s 100m and 200m event in Tokyo, Japan.
Moments after she won the crown, Gambians turned on social media to congratulate the new African athletic queen.
The Gambia National Olympic Committee GNOC wrote the following on its Facebook page, “History for Gambia—Gina Bass is African champion. Super congratulation! National record 11:06.”
A US based Gambian activist, Coach-Pasamba Jow also commented on his social media commending the young athlete.
“If there is a Gambian worthy of unreserved praise and adulation, it is Gina Bass. This young lady is the true embodiment of Gambia pride and patriotism.”
There was another comment from one Ramatoulie Secka who wrote: “Finally! Finally!! You have raise the Gambian Flag above all the African nations. Thank you Gina may God bless you.”