Less than a month to go before the World Athletics Championship opens in London, The Gambia Athletics Association GAA is busy lining up the country’s best athletes for the summer meeting in the British capital.
According credible sources, the team will almost certainly include the country’s biggest medal prospects in the sprint and the marathon, even though these are the most competitive areas in any meeting. So how is Gambia going to manage in London next month?
“For a start Adama Jammeh is in terrific shape having just won two gold medals in a recent meeting in Paris. Gina Bass too was fantastic in the last Islamic Games in Baku having won gold too while the relay team have been improving event by event. But the world championship is one of the biggest stages in athletics and therefore the most difficult for any athlete,” a seasoned former international athlete said.
While sprinters Adama and Gina Bass are widely reported to have been on top of their game little Mariam T Jallow too has been warming up for the marathon and has had her eyes set on higher heights in London. She spent the last couple of months in Kenya fine-tuning for the world championship. Earlier she ran in a cross country in Kampala, Uganda and an invitational event in Germany.
The championship starts from August 4 to the 13 in London.