of Gambia’s best swimmers Modou Lamin Saine has excelled in the first national
swimming championship after out-classing his opponents at the QCity in Bijilo.
The championship was organized by Gambia Swimming Association (GSA) to scout good swimmers that will represent the country in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The championship is also serving as a test for more than 25 swimmers from various regions in the country.
Saine emerged winner in the 200m freestyle (male) senior category with a timing of 2:47 after beating arch-rivals Omar Darboe of Tanji and Ebrima Sorrie Buwaro.
The Bakau-based swimmer maintained his dominance in both the 50m breastroke and backstroke, finishing top with 0:37:97 and 0:31:75 respectively.
In the 100m freestyle female category, Aina Vive Roca finished first with 1:23 followed by Christina Aziz with 1:41 minutes. Ida Cham finished 3rd place with 1:56.
Speaking to waiting reporters shortly after the event, Saine expressed delight for the victory. “I am really happy today because I almost collected all the cash prizes here. I want to applaud Gambia Swimming Association for organizing the event for us,” he said.