Gambian sprinter Gina stopped at the semifinals of the women 100 meters at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics Games.
This is her second Olympics having first represented the country at the RIO Games five years ago.
In Tokyo Gina had cruised from a pulsating heat when she smashed 11.12 finishing 4th to reach the semis and setting a new national record in the process. She came a respected 6th place falling short of reaching the finals. As we went to press last night, Gina was bracing up for the 200meters, her favourite event where she is even billed for greater success.
Ever since her race in both the heats and semifinal the Gambian won praises and massive solidarity from Gambians at home and abroad.
President Barrow ‘s Facebook page expressed the following appreciation of the athelete: “Qualifying for the semi-finals of the 100m and setting a new national record is a truly remarkable feat considering the size of our beloved country. I would like to sincerely congratulate Gina Bass on behalf of all Gambians and wish her the best of luck going forward. You’ve represented us with class and made each and everyone Gambian very proud of you”.
Many others including political parties competed to send solidarity and congratulatory messages to Gina and Team Gambia in general.