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Gambia’s sprinter eyes Rio 2016 belt at the World Athletics Championship

Aug 25, 2015, 11:58 AM | Article By: Namory Trawally, GNOC Information Assistant

Gambia’s sprinter Adama Jammeh, presently taking part in the 2015 IAAAF World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China, will enter the competition on Tuesday 25 August 2015.

The sole Gambia athlete at the championship, who is attending the IAAF High Performance Centre in Dakar on Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) scholarship, will enter the race in the first round of the 200m at 11:30 am GMT.

If he crosses the first round, Adama Jammeh will line up for the semifinal on Wednesday 26 August at 12:30pm GMT and another performance would take him to the final on Thursday 27 August at 12:55pm GMT with a possible automatic qualification to RIO 2016 Olympic Games.

Adama Jammeh is currently the most suitable for the country’s hopes at the games.

He is improving very fast and his latest time in the sprints is very promising.

His time in the 200 meters is 20.25 and the Olympic qualifying time is 20.20.

To boost his morale ahead of the race, the first vice president of GNOC and Gambia’s IOC Member Beatrice Allen accompanied by the president of Gambia Athletics Association (GAA), Dodou Capi Joof, and the IOC Member for USA, Anita De Frantz, paid a visit to Adama Jammeh at the Athletes Camp on Monday morning to talk to him, encourage him and boost his morale, as he undertakes his 200-meter heat on Tuesday morning.

“He is in high spirits, and we are hoping and praying that he performs very well. Please join us in prayers for him,” GNOC’s first vice president Beatrice Allen said.