Gambia’s young Swimmer Papp D. Jonga could not realise his dream of making it to the next round of the 50m freestyle at the Summer Olympic Games currently underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The grade eleven (11) student of Gambia Senior Secondary School competed in heat 3 of the event on Thursday August 11th, 2016 (today) and finished 8th position with a timing of 27.48 which was not enough to get him to the second round.
The Barra born swimmer, who was ranked 94th at the 2016 FINA World Championship in Kazan, Russia, improved his ranking to 79th after today’s event, but dropped slightly in his personal Best (PB) from 27.24 to 27.48..
The 19-year-old Gambian swimmer made history in swimming in The Gambia for being the first Gambian to compete in the Swimming Competition at The Olympic Games.
After the race, Pap D. Jonga expressed his disappointment of the results but was positive of the future as it was a learning process for him.
Jonga’s race was watched by the top GNOC executive comprise of President Alhagie Momodou Dibba, Secretary General Peter Prom, treasurer Ousman Wadda as well as the other members of the Sporting delegation including Athletes Adama Jammeh and Miss Gina Bass and Judoka Faye Njie.
Pap D. onga is accompanied to the games by the technical Director of Gambia Swimming Association, Mr. Arfang Y. Jobe.
Meanwhile, 200m Sprinter Gina Bass and 22-year old Finish based Gambian Judoka Faye Alex Njie could not make to the next round ending their dream in their maiden debut in the Olympic Games.
Story Source: Namory Trawally in Rio, Brazil