Beaming as she slowed down after a breathtaking take off, delight etched on her face as the rambunctious crowd, majority of whom Moroccans, cheered.
History was made and in the most electric of moments as Gina from Gambia deposed Josee Talou from Ivory Coast of her 200m crown as Africa’s best in that category.
The tournament was the All Africa Games dubbed the African Games. She went viral as Gambians back home threw adulation at her on social media, the new force order.
Athletics president Dodou Capi Joof wept unashamedly in delight as Gina presented to him a trophy and her medal as the new figure in charge of the women’s 200m in Africa.
In appreciation of her feat, Gambia’s Police Force, where she works, upped her rank as well as statesman Adama Barrow who gifted her title deeds along with Volleyball African kings compatriots Sainey Jawo and Babou Jarra.
Apparently buoyed up by this new feat, she would keep up her great work by coming second in the 100m, the IAAF and in the 60m in Germany.
It’s one year on today since that mile stone.