BY: Omar Jarju
The Gambia’s only swimmer at the recently concluded youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Modou Lamin Saine, has outclassed his compatriots in the maiden national swimming championship held over the weekend.
Attended by parents and followers of the fast-growing sport in the country, The Gambia Swimming Association’s organised championship served as a test for more than 25 swimmers from various regions in the country.
Saine emerged winner in the 200m freestyle (male) senior with a timing of 2:47, beating arch rival Omar Darboe of Tanji and Ebrima Sorrie Buwaro.
The Bakau-based swimmer maintained his dominance in both the 50m breaststroke and backstroke, finishing top with 0:37:97 and 0:31:75 respectively.
However, in the 100m freestyle female category Aina Vive Roca finished with 1:23, followed by Christina Aziz on 2ndposition with timing of 1:41 while Ida Cham finished 3rd place with 1:56.
Speaking to waiting reporters shortly after the event, Modou Lamin Saine expressed delight for the victory saying “I am really happy today because I almost collected all the cash prizes here. I want to thank The Gambia swimming association for organising such events for us.”
The event was also used to spread awareness about the towering drowning cases in the country through a lifesaving exhibition by The Gambia Swimming Association’s trained lifesavers.