The Queen of track and Africa’s number one sprinter in 100 meters, Gina Bass, has safely landed at Portland PDX Airport in the US state of Oregon with teammate Ebrima Camara to participate in the world Athletics Championship scheduled to start on Friday.
Gina was received by a sizable number of Gambian residents in Portland and Vancouver, who turned to welcome their fellow Gambians.
She is expected to contest among the world’s best athletes as she continues to break barriers in athletics.
In June, Gina Bass won a close women’s 100m contest at the African Championships in Cote d’Or, Mauritius, becoming the first athlete from The Gambia to win a senior continental title.
The women’s 100m was one of the tightest battles of the championships. Still, world 200m finalist Bass emerged victorious in a wind-assisted 11.06 (4.8m/s) from Niger’s Aminatou Seyni (11.09) and South Africa’s Carina Horn (11.14).
She also participated in women’s 100 & 200 meters semifinals last month at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 26-year-old athletic sensation set a new national record of 11.12 seconds in the 100-meter event in Tokyo, setting the clock as the Gambia’s fastest woman and athlete.
Gina currently holds a national record in the 100 & 200-meter run and is widely considered the most decorated sprinter in Gambia’s history.
Considered the best Gambian sprinter of all time, Gina’s hopes of winning her first Olympic gold medal got dashed after she failed to make it to the finals, but a brilliant performance amidst some of the best in the world showed she has all it takes to grab a medal.
The industrious Gina represented the Gambia in a series of high-profile international athletics championships around the world: This includes her participation at the International Athletics Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she won the Gambia its first gold medal in 2017.
She was a bronze medalist at the African women’s athletics championship held in Durban in 2016. Also, She represented the Gambia at the 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she was chosen as the country’s flag bearer.