10 April 2018

Gambia: The Brave Queen of the Tracks - Gina Is Gambia's Only Hope in the Commonwealth Games

Gina Bass is turning heads for all the right reasons at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. The 22-year-old is reveling where her male national team counterparts have failed spectacularly.

The first to win Gambia a gold and silver in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku Azerbaijan, Gina's current ascension came as little surprise.

Her performances in the build-up to the events in Australia were quite noticeable.

As a result, when the squad heading to Queensland was unveiled, her inclusion was on grounds of merit.

Suwaibou Sanneh -now based in the US -was Gambia's heartbeat in athletics. Adama Jammeh, current national team captain, has been tipped to take over the baton. While the Prisons Department athlete's outings are commendable, he's however yet to rise up to the occasion giving, a then little known Gina, the room to blossom. Burden of pressure comes with being Gambia's star attraction in the athletics team and, by turn of events, she'd marshalled it with a kind of alacrity rare to find.

Bass headlined the Gambian team in the opening stages of the 100m category in an event virtually all her male compatriots crashed out. Sprinting with an impressive 11.50 seconds, the country's track queen came second in the first round earning her an automatic qualification with the standard timing to the semi-finals.

Her luck bag deflated in this stage , coming third on 11.64 seconds, just one place shy of reaching the women's 100m finals.

These exploits alone will make enough feathers on a cap. But for her passion which morphed in an obsession, Gina longs to reach the big times. She is already on path to attaining that after storming to the semi-finals of the women's 200m race yesterday.

Epitome of form being temporary and class being permanent, Bass, bashed her way albeit with what looked like relative ease, to the semi-finals clocking along a jaw-dropping 23.24 seconds on third position.

Ola Buwaro, the other female in Gambia's athletic team, a first-timer and a footballer-turned sprinter, finished bottom-place in the first round hurdle.

Gambia's ambition for a possible medal prize in the Commonwealth Games would have by now faded into oblivion. But thanks to a 22-year-old Gina there remains at least a glimmer of hope for the West African nation.

The quick-feeted rampaging track sensation will be out today again eyeing to hug the back pages in the women's 200m semis at 8:10 am.

Her competitors will be the likes of Amy Foster of Ireland, Botswana's Loungo Matlahku, Dina Asher-Smith of England, Jamaica' Shericka Jackson, Semoy of Tridinad and Tobago and Maddies Coastes from the hosts Australia.

There will be no Gambian representation in the men's 200 semi-finals.

Gambia

National Assembly Eyes Effective Oversight On Public Funds

The National Assembly on Monday July 16th 2018, began a week long capacity building training on budget and economic… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 FOROYAA Newspaper. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.