Dec 7, 2009, 1:52 PM
dream of Gambia’s sensational sprinter Adama of making it to the semifinals of
the 200m of Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended on Tuesday afternoon after finishing
5th in round one of the event with a time of 20.55 seconds.
The 23-year-old athlete is the first Gambian 200m male runner to get an Olympic qualifier standard when he closed 20.45 seconds at the African Senior Athletics Championship in Durban, South Africa, in June and won a Silver medal for The Gambia.
Adama Jammeh, who is now ranked 38th out of 80 runners in the 200m at the games, was making his debut in the Olympic Games.
Croatian’s Nery Brenes and Dutch’s Churandy Martina came first and second in the heat with 20:20 and 20:29 respectively.
It would be noted that The Gambia’s young swimmer Papp D. Jonga could not also realise his dream of making it to the next round of the 50m freestyle at the Summer Olympic Games.
The 200m sprinter Gina Bass and 22-year-old Finish-based Gambian judoka Faye Alex Njie were also eliminated in their maiden debut in the Olympic Games.