Star Athletes Gina & Ebrima to shine Gambian light at World Athletics Championship in Hungary

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Ebrima Camara and Gina Bass

Queen of the tracks Gina Bass and his teammate, Sprinter Ebrima Camara, are currently in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, to participate in the world Athletics Championship scheduled to start on Saturday after they qualified for the world event.

The Gambian team comprising Gina Bass and Ebrahima Camara, left France on Wednesday to shine the Gambian light at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary, from 19th-27th August.

Track Queen Gina is expected to contest among the world’s best athletes as she continues to break barriers in athletics. Both Ebrima and Gina will compete in 200 and 100M in women’s and men’s races.

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 championship, where the 200m Olympic 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 the women’s 100 & 200 meters semifinals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo last month.

The 28-year-old track 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 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 in the 2016 Durban Games and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she was chosen as the country’s flag bearer.

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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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