Bah who competed in the men’s juniors, clocked 20.20.94, in the 8 kilometer race around the city of Kampala. He said this was his first time and it was great, even though they had little preparations. ”I was lucky to see a cross country, one of the biggest gathering of athletes and it was really exciting,” he told The Standard.
In the other race, The Gambia’s best female long distance runner Mariama T. Jallow competed in the women’s senior with a time of 32. 42. 51. This was her first ever cross country, and officials of the GAA described her performances as stellar, giving the short period of preparations. “It was good to expose them so that they can know that they need to work harder. But being the first time we are happy about their performance. Thousands of athletes from all over Africa came to this place and we are excited about their participation,” said Dodou Joof the president of the Gambia Athletics Association, GAA.
Some 32 countries took part in this year’s championship, with Kenya’s women dominating the women’s senior championship.]]>