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Absconded Gambian Athlete shines in AUS open athletic competition

Mar 1, 2011, 2:56 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Absconded Gambian athlete Momodou Lamin Kujabi widely called (Inter) on Friday won the Open Junior track ASEA Moncton athletics competition in Canada, Pointsport has reliably gathered.

Kujabi, whose unexpected abscond caused a huge public debate among the country's sports fraternity last year, finished the race at an impressive time of 7.23 in the 60m and 300m race at a time of 37.51 respectively, according to one of Kujabi’s coaches Gabriel Bebranc in Moncton New Branswich (NB).

"Kujabi is a promising athlete who is really exciting to watch and his performance in the previous athletics competition including this weekend's result is very much promising," said coach Lebranc.

"Kujabi took part in New Brunswick, Eastern Canadian competition and also competed in the Athletisme Sud Est - South East Athletics championship (ASEA) with some amazing results to be proud of," said Gabriel, who spoke to this reporter yesterday.

At the Gagetown Invitational competition in CFB Gagetown, NB, on 20 November 2010, Kujabi won the junior 200m in a time of 23.59 before going onto win another 400m race junior competition in a time of 52.76. 

At the last ASEA meet held in Moncton NB on 18 December, Kujabi completed the 300m race finishing in 2nd place at a time of 37.21.

According to the Moncton official website www.asea.anb.ca, Kujabi also participated at the Moncton open competition on January 15th last year and finished 2nd in the 60m with a time of 7.30.

His scintillating performance at the weekend was greeted with words of praises at the Moncton website.

Momodou Lamin Kujabi (Mo) from the West African nation of The Gambia has been hitting the headlines in the Times Transcript since his much talked about abscond in Canada amid angry reaction by officials of the Gambia Athletics Association who have since described the move as a surprise.

The young track star has been training with ASEA since his controversial abscond in Canada on August 20, 2010.

He has quickly made a huge impact following the World Junior Track and Field Championships held in Moncton in the latter part of last year.

As reported in the Times Transcript, Kujabi, who won the most outstanding athlete of the year 2009 by the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia, is eyeing a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London, England.

The 17-year-old athlete, who competes for Athletisme Sud-South East Athletics (ASEA, is also hoping to shine in the final of 200m and 400m indoor track event at the NB Provdence Arena on Saturday.