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Gambian Gina BASS and Burkiné Bienvenu SAWADOGO took advantage of the African Games to obtain their ticket for the Doha World Championships (September 2019) and the Olympic Games in Japan (2020). The two residents of the Dakar African Athletics Development Center (AADC) have achieved the minimums set for these competitions.
Gina Bass created the sensation in Rabat by winning gold in the 200m in 22''58 and Silver in the 100m in 11''13. These two times constitute the new records of The Gambia. Gina Bass has even had the luxury of overtaking Ivorian Marie Jose Talou in the 200m and finishing at his heels in the 100m. The minima for 100m and 200m are set at 11''24 and 23''02 for girls.
Bienvenu Sawadogo made 49''25 in the 400m hurdles final behind Algerian Abdelmalik Lahoulou (49''08). For the second time, in the space of 24 hours, the Burkinabé passed from life to death the national record he held. The minima in the 400m hurdles is 49''30 for men.
The Senegalese Louis François Mendy, bronze medalist in the 110m hurdles in 14''05, set a new national record in 13''59 on the eve of the African games. Far from the minima, which is 12''98.