Friday, September 22

Gold Escapes Gina Bass to Mboma in Prague Meeting

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Gina Bass lost the women’s 200m Gold Medal chase at the Prague Meeting to Christine Mboma. The Namibian set a new meet record at the Josef Odlozil Memorial in Prague on Monday evening when she won the 200m in 22,67 seconds.

Right from the beginning, Gina Bass took the lead with Beatrice Masilingi lying second, going into the home straight.

However, Mboma, who had a poor start, closed the gap on the leaders, and in a final surge, managed to pip Bass to the line.

Mboma gave a great final burst of speed to snatch the gold medal from Gina Bass of the Gambia, who came second in 22,76 seconds, while Mboma’s compatriot Beatrice Masilingi won the bronze medal in 22,82 seconds.

Her time was a new personal best and a new Namibian record, beating Masilingi’s previous mark of 22,72 seconds that she set in Lusaka on 10 April this year.

She also set a new record for the meeting after breaking the previous record of 22,74 seconds that Stephanie Durst of the United States set in 2007.

The Namibians’ performances will raise their international profiles as they prepare for the Olympic Games next month.