The country was ranked 9th in the overall ranking in the 100 meters at the same meeting. The results, widely praised by Gambia athletics officials were marshalled by Gambian sprinter Adama Jammeh who set his personal best along the way. Adama and compatriot Omar Jammeh, middle distance-runner were the sole Gambian athletes at the games. Both are currently in Dakar training at IAAF high performance centre.
While Omar stopped at the 800 meters heats, Adama impressed with good performances in both sprint events.
Below is summary of his The Gambia’s results:
800m mens’ heat
Omar Jammeh 6th position- 14.9.96
100m mens’ heat
Adama Jammeh 1st position- 10.49
Adama Jammeh 3rd position. 10.41
Adama Jammeh 3rd position 20.89
Semi Final 200m
Adama Jammeh 2nd position -20.59 (seasons personal best)
Adama Jammeh 5th position -20.80
Meanwhile, GAA boss, Dodou Joof, clarified that the two Gambian athletes who chose to run for Senegal Lamin Fadera and Abdoulie Faye were never officially Gambian national athletes. “Faye has a Senegalese mother while Lamin Fadera has always been a Senegalese anyway because those are the identity papers he holds.”
Joof further said the annual subvention his association gets from the IAAF is US$10,000. “It is from this sum that we pay affiliation fees and other charges in addition to supporting our athletes training and other programmes,” he said.]]>