By Foday Manneh 

The third edition of the Marathon Eiffage Dakar was organized on the 20 – 21 of November in Senegal.

The International sporting event seeks to promote cultural diversity, civic, and social activities.

The event brought together 15,000 athletes across the continent to compete in categories including a 42km marathon, 21km semi-marathon, and 10km long distance race. 

Gambian Marathon runner Nyima Camara joined other participants in the two day event and won the 10km race with a timing of 39 minutes 29 seconds.

Nyima, a former Mingdaw Senior Secondary School student won the gold medal at the event after emerging first in the long-distance race.

In the same category, another young Gambian athlete, Kaddy Mambureh of Saint Peter’s High School won the runners-up medal with a timing of 40 minutes 3 seconds.

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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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