Gambian and African 200-meter women champion Gina Bass came second behind 17-year-old Christine Mboma of Namibia who set a new meet record at the Josef Odlozil Memorial in Prague on Monday evening.
Mboma won the women’s 200m in 22,67 seconds against Gina Bass who came second in 22,76 seconds. Mboma’s compatriot Beatrice Masilingi won the bronze medal in 22,82 seconds.
Mboma had a poor start and Bass soon took the lead with Masilingi lying second going into the home straight.
Mboma, however, closed the gap on the leaders, and in a final surge managed to pip Bass to the line.
Her time was a new personal best, while she also set a new record for the meeting, after breaking the previous record of 22,74 seconds that Stephanie Durst of the United States set in 2007.
The Namibians’ performances will raise their international profiles as they prepare for the Olympic Games next month.