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AADC Dakar: Hedge specialists fly over hurdles

Sawadogo Bienvenu

The twelve residents of the African Athletic Development Center (AADC) of Dakar have completed two weeks of preparation camp in France which have been marked by good performances.

The prize goes to Welcome Sawadogo of Burkina Faso, author of a new national record in the 400m hurdles in 50''04, Sunday, June 16th at the Roanne meeting. The previous record held by Ziem Isaiah Somda was 50.61. Landing in Dakar, the young Burkinabé (24) had a personal best 51''50. He has just signed a big time that should allow him to go under 50 seconds.

The Senegalese Louis François Mendy (20 years old), distinguished himself at the Cerby-Pontoise Meeting by winning the 110m hurdles in 13''75. As a result, he improved his personal record which was 13''82 and made on June 1 at the meeting in Valencia, France. This is the third time in the space of two weeks that the young Senegalese hurdler beats his personal best.

The other athletes from the center of Dakar who have distinguished themselves during their stay in France are Fatou GAYE from Senegal (54.02 to 400m PERSONNEL BEST), Linda ANGOUNOU from Cameroon (54.26 to 400m PERSONNEL BEST), Oumar BABOU from Senegal (51.03 to 400m hurdles PERSONNEL BEST) EBRAHEMA CAMARA from Gambia (10.45 to 100m PERSONNEL BEST) and ALIU JOOF from Gambia (21.32 to 200m PERSONNEL BEST).

The twelve residents of AADC Dakar come from Burkina Faso (1), Cameroon (1), Gambia (5), Madagascar (1) and Senegal (4).