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Gambian athlete shines in Daegu Game

Sep 12, 2011, 1:43 PM

Gambian Athlete Suwaibou Sanneh has made significant impact in the just ended world Games finishing 4th position at a timing of 10.50 seconds, Pointsport can confirm.

The 100-metre event served as a qualification round for the World and Olympic Games, information from the National Sports Council (NSC) has revealed.

The Gambian star athlete, ranked at the 30th place out of 55 African competition ranking, is the only athlete that achieved the minimum qualification standard ahead of this year’s world championship and the 2012 London Olympic Games, maintaining a timing of 10.50.

According to information gathered by Pointsport from the NSC, Sanneh set this record in Sargena, Italy, last July.

Suwaibou, who was one of the two Gambian athletes that took part in the World Games in Daegu, is currently the national record holder in the men’s 100-metre race.

Meanwhile the other Gambian representative is Suwaibou’s comrade and close ally Fanny Shonobi, who competed in the women’s 200-metre qualification round.

The young Gambian athlete did her utmost best in the race and finished eighth out of eight African participants at a timing of 25.5 seconds. Fanny is however ranked 40 out of 40 world competition ranking.

Alhajie Dodou J. Joof, secretary general of the Gambia Athletics Association, headed the Gambian delegation to the World Games and the congress.

 The Gambian team returned home on Wednesday 7 September 2011.