Profile: Suwaibou Sanneh, winner of SJAG Sportsman of the Year Award
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Gambian Sprinter Suwaibou Sanneh is winner of the SJAG Sports Personality of the Year award at the association’s 4th National Sports Award held on September 1 at the SunSwing Hotel.
Suwaibou is the first Gambian to qualify for an Olympic. He set a personal best and national record time in 10.18 seconds, during the semi-finals of the Olympics, on August 5, 2012 in London.
He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men’s 100m event and set a new Gambian record in the event with 10.21, managing to advance to the semifinals, where he again set the national Men’s 100m record with 10.18, before being eliminated.
Suwaibou broke the Gambia national record formerly held by former Gambian sprinter and now of the Norway, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, following his timing of 10.22 seconds in securing Olympic qualification to the XXX Olympiad in London after the Deggu Games earlier this year.
The country’s best sprinter spent the last three years training with the likes of Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at Jamaica’s High Performance Training Centre in Kingston.
Suwaibou reached the semifinal at the 2008 World Junior Championships and competed at the 2008 Olympic Games without progressing to the second round, finishing fifth in his heat with a time of 10.52 seconds.
Source: Picture: Suwaibou Sanneh