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The first outing of the residents of the African Center for Athletic Development (AADC) in Dakar, France, was marked by promising performances at the meeting of Valencia held on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Thus, Louis François Mendy won the 110m hurdles final in 13''85, after 13''82 in series. Which is the new record of the Valencia meeting. The young Senegalese's personal best was 13''93. Her compatriot Fatou Gaye also won in Valencia by dominating the 400m final in 54''02, improving her personal best time of 54''22. Cameroonian Linda Angounou finished in 3rd place in 55''47.
The African Center for Development of Athletics (AADC) in Dakar, set up by CAA, following the decentralization of the IAAF, has opened since last December to twelve residents from Burkina Faso (1), Cameroon (1), Gambia (6), Madagascar (1) and Senegal (3).
At present, they have started a training camp in France where they will participate in several competitions.
The Center's leaders are currently Adama Jammeh (10''23 in the 100m and 20''45 in the 200m) and Gina Bass (11''36 in the 100m and 23''10 in the 200m) of The Gambia.
They are in the care of an administrative team managed by the former Olympic Vice-Champion of the 400m hurdles Amadou Dia Ba who can count on the Frenchman Alain Smail, an experienced technician and former DTN of the CIAD