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Six Gambian Athletes in Olympic youth qualification

May 20, 2010, 1:37 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Six Gambian Athletes: Momodou Lamin Kujabi, Gina Bass, Ousman Gibba, Ebrima Saine, Omar Jammeh and Fatou sowe, including a coach among other athletes across Africa that underwent a two-day Pre-Olympic qualification for West Africa Region 2 in Dakar, Senegal.

The Athletics qualification which was hosted by Dakar from 15th -16 May 2010, attracted interest of a total of 10 West African countries, including the host Senegal and the results of the qualification has seen the country's young talents edged out some of the finest athletics during the qualification.

The six athletes who have since returned home, has also made names for themselves having finished the qualification with something to be optimistic about.

Fatou sowe is undeniably one of the fierce-looking young athletes the country has ever produced. It was not a surprise to learn that she was able to put in a respectable performance, as she came out second in the 100m girls heat 1 with an impressive timing of 12.50Q, which eventually saw her book a place in the final.

Sowe continued to make a huge impact in the qualification as she went ahead to secure 3rd spot with a timing of 12.48 in the 100m girls final.

There were good finishes for five other Gambian athletes, such as Momodou Lamin Kujabi, Ousman Gibba, Ebrima Saine, Omar Jammeh and Gina Bass, whose wonderful performance saw her finished 2nd in the 200m girls' heat with a timing of 25.6Q.

Sports Journalists association of The Gambia's most outstanding athlete for the year 2009 Momodou Lamin Kujabi, was also so instrumental as he occupied the second spot in the 400m boys heat 1, with an impressive timing of 49.93, while his comrade Ousman  Gibba finished 2nd in the 200m boys final with a good timing of 21.88.

Meanwhile, the full results are listed below-

100m girls heat 1 Fatou Sowe, with timing of 12.50Q, 100m girls final Fatou Sowe 3rd, timing, 12.48  200m girls final, Gina Bass 2nd, timing 25.6Q, 100m boys heat1 Ousman Gibba 2nd timing of 10.88Q, 400m boys heat1 Momodou lamin Kujabi, 2nd with timing of 49.93, 100m girls heat1, Fatou Sowe 3rd timing 26.62, 200m girls heat 2, Gina Bass 2nd timing 12.29,  200m girls final, Fatou Sowe 5th timing 26.85, 100m boys final Ousman Gibba 6th with a timing of 11.16, while Gibba also in 2nd place with a timing of 21.88 in the final of 200m boys.

Meanwhile, in the 400m boys final, Momodou Lamin Kujabi finished in 3rd place with a timing of 49. 46, 4x1x2x3x4 medley relay boys.

The Gambia finished 2nd in the final with a timing of 1.57.24, which was competed by Ousman Gibba, Ebrima Saine, Momodou Lamin Kujabi and Omar Jammeh, while Omar Jammeh secured the 1st position with a timing of 2.30.61 in the 1000m boys final.

The result has seen The Gambia winning the 1st 1000m, 2nd 200m boys, as well as medley relay boys in 3rd place, including the 400m boys and 100m girls.