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Ebrima Camara set for Olympic debut tomorrow

Jul 30, 2021, 1:03 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Ebrima Camara, Gambia’s 100 metres athlete will make his debut Olympic Games race tomorrow, Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games when he takes to the tracks.

The 24-year old, who has set his sight on reaching the semi finals, said his preparation has been going on well since his arrival in Tokyo last week.

The ambitious athlete added that he has been training hard to maintain his form ahead of his race. He also thanked Gambians for their support and prayers.

Nesta as he is fondly called, gained his first international experience in 2013 at the African Youth Championships in Warri, where he finished fourth in the 100-meter run in 10.91s.

He then finished the Junior African Championships in Réduit with 11.27 seconds in the lead and won the silver medal in the Gambian 4 x 400 meter relay in 3: 14.8 minutes.

Two years later he reached seventh place over 100 meters at the Junior African Championships in Addis Ababa in 10.91 and finished sixth in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 42.00 s.

He then took part in the Africa Games in Brazzaville for the first time and was eliminated there with a timing of 10.60 s and 40.09 s in the 100 meters and 4 x 100 meter relay in the preliminary round respectively.

In 2017, he reached the semi-finals over 100 meters at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku , in which he was eliminated with 10.66 seconds. In addition, he finished fourth with the relay in 40.20 s.

The following year he participated in the Commonwealth Games held in the Australian Gold Coast over 100 meters with 10.50 s and with the relay team clocking 40.57s. He also ran the 200-meter race with a timing 21.58 s but that was not enough to qualify him for another round.

In 2019 he finished seventh over 100 meters at the African Games in Rabat in 10.33s and finished fourth in the relay in 39.44 s, while he was eliminated in the semifinals over 200 meters with 20.82 s.

He also qualified for the World Championships in Doha , where he was eliminated with 10.38s in the preliminary round.

Meanwhile, Africa’s best female athlete, Gina Bass will take to the tracks today, Friday in the 100 metres heats with the hope of making history for herself and The Gambia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The track queen who recorded her name in the history books in 2019 after winning the 200m gold at the African Games by beating Ivorian Marie Josee Tallou who was regarded as Africa’s fastest will on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 take to the tracks again in the 200 metres heats.

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