Submitted by modoubeyai on Sun, 05/08/2012 - 8:15pm
For the second time in as many days, Suwaibou Sanneh set a new national record for the men’s 100m on Sunday in the semifinals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sanneh, 22, the first Gambian to qualify for the race, clocked 10.18s in finishing eighth behind the American winner Justin Gatlin and Churandy Martina of Netherlands, automatic qualifiers to the final, and Jamaican Asafa Powell, who went through as fastest loser.
The new mark is three hundredths of a second faster than the 10.21 he ran on Saturday in breaking his old record of 10.22.Africa’s fastest man, Ivorian Ben Youssef Meite was fifth in a time of 10.13.
Submitted by modoubeyai on Sat, 04/08/2012 - 3:12pm
History was made at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday when Suwaibou Sanneh became the first Gambian to qualify for the semifinal of the 100m race.
The Gambian 100m record holder set a new best time of 10.21 in finishing fifth in his first round heat and qualified as one of only three fastest losers. It’s a dream come true for the 22-year-old from the Gambia’s Lower River Division town of Soma as reaching the semifinal of one of the toughest races of the Olympics was his target in London.
“My aim is to reach the semifinal,” he consistently told IQ4News in recent days, adding: “And if I cannot make it to the semis I want to improve my timing.”