Gina Bass, one of the fastest women in the world, has once again finished first in one of the preparatory races for the Tokyo Olympics. Gina bested every other person in Cergy-Pontoise, France, in her favorite distance last Wednesday when she won the 200m race with a time of 22.70, leaving French sprinters Gémima Joseph and Carolle Zahi in the second and third positions, respectively.
Gémima Joseph, who won the minimums for the Olympics, finished the race with a time of 22.77, while Carolle Zahi completed the podium with a time of 23.09.
The Gambian-born finalist of the 2019 World Cup, Gina Bass, does not intend to perform poorly at the Tokyo Olympics, so, she is not missing any opportunity to perfect her preparation and her performance.
Gina has become a household name here at home over the past two years, when she has consistently been on an amazing journey, putting The Gambia on the map at international athletics tournaments and breaking records along the way.
Born in the Fatick region of Senegal on May 5th, 1995, her athletic talent was spotted at a very young age. By the age of 15, Bass had achieved the qualifying standards for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, but she was too young to compete.
In 2016, Gina made Gambian athletics history by being the first-ever athlete to win a medal for The Gambia at a major international competition. She won the bronze medal at the African Championships in the 200m race and she set a national record whilst she was at it too.
At 21, she was the first Gambian woman to qualify for the Olympics. At the African games in 2019 in Rabat (Morocco), she improved the national record in the 100m sprint to 11.3 to take silver, finishing 0.4 seconds behind the legendary Ta Lou. A couple of days later, she did even better in the 200m by breaking the national record again.
Gina has broken barriers and has shown young Gambians with dreams that with hard work and
dedication, nothing is impossible. For being such an amazing ambassador for the Smiling Coast, she was awarded the Sports Personality Award in 2020.
Gina Bass now has her eyes set on the 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo which will kick off in July. Guess it would be safe to say that the whole country and continent will be cheering her on as she aims to raise the Gambian flag higher.
Published on June 21, 2021