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World Games appearance delights Gambian sprinter

Sep 15, 2011, 3:12 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambian 100 and 200 meters sprinter Suwaibou Sanneh has expressed delight at appearing in the just-ended World Games in Daegu, South Korea.

The 21-year-old young athlete sensation was one of the two Gambian athletes that represented the country in the Daegu World Games.

He has since last Thursday returned home on the back of some eye-catching performance that saw him finish 4th out of eight contestants with a good timing of 10.50 seconds, during the 100 meter race.

Sanneh competed with a whole host of other top athletes across the globe, and he made a remarkable performance to maintain his national record.

Having already booked his ticket to the World athletics championship and the 2012 London Olympic Games, Sanneh set a national record in the grand prix (IAA) competition in Italy last July.

The grand prix event serves as a qualification series for the athletes, ahead of the world championship and the London Olympic Games.

He is the only athlete from the Gambia Athletic Association whose qualification to next year’s Olympic has been confirmed, and has vowed to do his utmost best to bring home the top accolade (a gold medal) when the global event takes centrestage next summer.

Speaking to Pointsport in an interview at the Gambia National Olympic Committee’s Olympic House yesterday afternoon, the young athlete who has set his sights firmly on winning the gold medal at the London Olympic Games said, ‘I am extremely delighted to take part in the just-ended World Games, but I am not that much happy at finishing in 4th position.

“I could have done better than the 4th place finish, but my focus now is to do better in the upcoming international athletics championships, and this is absolutely possible,” Sanneh told Pointsport.

However, he is determined to continue raising the standard of Gambian athletics as he set to resume intensive training in Jamaica next month, ahead of the Olympics and the World Games.

With many high-profile international caps under his belt, Suwaibou is one of the best known Gambian athletes in the country’s athletics arena.