African Games 2023: Gambia’s Gina Bass-Bittaye holds off rivals to secure 200m tittle


Gina Bass-Bittaye of Gambia showcased her sprinting prowess once again as she successfully defended her 200m crown in a thrilling display of speed and determination.

Despite facing a challenging headwind of -2.6m/s, the record-holder for both the 100m and 200m events powered through to claim victory.

In a race marked by fierce competition, Congo’s Natacha Ngoye Akamabi burst out of the blocks with explosive speed, posing an early threat to Bass-Bittaye’s title defense.

However, the Gambian athlete maintained her composure and steadily gained momentum as the race progressed.

As they approached the finish line, Nigeria’s Olayinka Olajide surged forward with a strong finish, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Bass-Bittaye’s relentless pace.

Crossing the line in 23.13, Bass-Bittaye secured her status as the queen of the 200m sprint once again.

With Olajide finishing closely behind in second place with a time of 23.18, and Akamabi claiming the bronze in 23.42, Bass-Bittaye’s triumph reaffirmed her dominance on the track and cemented her legacy as one of the finest sprinters from the African continent.

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