Andrew Jassey Wins Njawara 10km Race
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Andrew Jassey is the winner of the ten kilometre race in the male category of the sixteen edition of the Njawara road race on Saturday held at Njawara village in the North Bank Region of The Gambia. Andrew, who was representing The Gambia Armed Forces, won the 10km race that started from Kerewan, and ended at Njawara village square. He won last year’s race too. In 2005, he participated in the event and took second position. Speaking to The Daily News Sports immediately after the event, the 10km race winner said he wants to continue as an athlete. “I will continue as an athlete and represent The Gambia both national and international events in the near future.” Andrew Jassey thanked his fellow athletes for their plateful. “I will thank the likes of Lamin Sanneh and others, because they definitely helped me a lot.” He also added that he had some difficulties during training session which according him gave him a tough time. Sanna Cham took the second position in the race while Samba Bah came with third position respectively. In the female category of the event, Mariama T. Jallow took first in the 5km race. The event started at Darussalam and ended at Njawara village square. According to Mariama, she won the race six times in a row, which she said, impressed her a lot. “I fell happy today, this year is my six year of participating in this event and there is no backward but only forward forever,” she said. Mariama also added that, every individual athlete in the country wants to represent his/her country at the international level. “That’s what my aim is, to be precise am looking forward to archive my goals.” Majula Gitteh came second while the third placed was caught by Fatou Drammeh. The 3km race for children was won by Sarjuka Joof. The event started from Toro village and ended at Njawara village Square. Sarjuka Joof was the last year’s winner and according to him, his parents are the main secret behind his success. Samba Jaw and Musa Keita took second and third positions respectively. The youngest runner award went to Baba Demba Jobe. Certificates were also awarded to all participants who took part in the event. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners of the 10km and 5km for male and female categories received cash prizes of one thousand five hundred dalasi, one thousand two hundred dalasi and one thousand dalasi respectively. Children who took part in the 3km race received school materials.
Author: mandu sanneh