Africa’s Fastest 100 Meters Runner Speaks to TAT, Aims to Reach WAC Finals


Gambian track queen and Africa’s fastest female athlete Gina Bass who currently holds the continent 100 meters record in the women’s category, says she aims to reach the finals in the 200 meters race at the world athletics championship underway in the United States.

Gina is currently in Oregon, USA, with sprinter Ebrima Camara to represent The Gambia at the championship, which comes a few months before the commonwealth games.

Speaking to TAT Editor-in-Chief Sainey M.K Marenah in America, Gina Bass expressed her resolve to win for the Gambia, ‘My objective is to reach the finals in the 200 meters race.’

She indicated that despite being Africa’s 100 meters race champion, she is competing in the 200 meters category this time.

‘I really appreciate the efforts of TAT in reaching me for an interview. Let’s continue to pray for the best for the Gambia. I intend to make it to the finals on Monday, ‘ Gina said.

After the world athletics championship, the duo is scheduled to compete at the Commonwealth Games in London, UK.

Ebrima Camara, looking to recover from his disappointment in the 100 meters heats with breakthroughs in other track events, thanked Gambians for the rousing welcome in the United States.

Camara qualified for preliminary rounds, but an early heat exit truncated his progress to the next level.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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