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Gambia Athlete Wins Silver Medal at WMA 2012 Indoor Championship in Finland

Apr 18, 2012, 3:18 PM

Mensah Elliott has won a silver medal for The Gambia in the just concluded 5th World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Finland which brought together approximately 4000 competitors from all around the world.

Mensah made the finals for the 60m sprint in the 60mH and finished 2nd, running the same time as the winner, 8.12s.

He is pleased with the result considering that he hasn’t been able to train for the hurdles for over three months due to a hamstring injury.

His intention is to work on getting rid of his injury and train as best as he could for the outdoor season.

Mensah switched allegiance last June, to be able to compete for The Gambia. Unfortunately, due to a number of injuries, he has been unable to race sooner after switching but, according to him, he was determined to do something before the finish of the indoor season.

“I had people coming up to me and asking me about The Gambia. The Gambia has never before been represented in these championships; so people were surprised that someone from such a small country could make it to the finals of a sprints event.”

Mr Dodou Joof Capi, President of The Gambia Athletics Association, reacting to news, said Mensah has been selected with Nusrat Ceesay together with the local athletes and Gambia Olympic qualifier Suwaibou Sanneh to the African Championship to see if they can make it for the Olympic Games.

“We hope that Mensah will be able to have the qualification standards required for the Olympic Games. We encourage all Gambian athletes abroad to participate on behalf of The Gambia,” he noted.