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Sierra Leone News: Osman Charlie wins GTB Marathon

Osman Charlie of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association who is also running for YSC won the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Marathon on Saturday 26th April 2014.
He won the 21 kilometer run which started from Grassfield, Kissy in the East of Freetown, through the center of town on to Wilkinson Road and to Lumley Roundabout right on to Kallon’s building and finish at the Family Kingdom Resort.
According to the 23 years old, he said this is the third Marathon he has won and he has also represented the country in Monrovia and Burkina Faso last year where he came third in both competitions.
For the female, it was a win for Adama S Kamara in the 10 kilometer run that started at the Congo Cross Roundabout on to Family Kingdom Resort.
The 5 kilometer run, mostly for those on wheel chair, started from the SOS School right on to Family Kingdom and it was won by Lawn Tennis player George Wyndham.
The marathon was jointly organized by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Trackline, A D Media and Freetown City Council (FCC)
The Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC) Bode Gibson started the 21 Kilometer Marathon at Grassfield. During the closing ceremony at Aberdeen, Mayor Gibson in his statement congratulated the organizers for a job well done.
He said the programme was a success and they are using this Marathon to prepare for the 2015 Marathon which is going to be an international Marathon.
A member Sisto Anderma working for Trackline said his company is an international company based in Sierra Leone.
He said his company is an event company but they are mostly interested in promoting sporting events such as marathons, track and field and car racing. He disclosed that their company has organized lots of track and field events in Kenya and Uganda in East Africa and that they wish to bring those activities to West Africa including Sierra Leone.
“We have several other things that we are doing in Sierra Leone. It is good to put Sierra Leone back on the map, where it was before, that was the reason why we decided to have this marathon,” he said.
Anderma noted,  “We have given the marathon an international dimension and come next year it is going to be an international marathon certified by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), the world governing body for athletics.
The marathon, he said, will henceforth take place in Sierra Leone annually on any Saturday before the country’s Independence Anniversary.
He assured all that they have received participation confirmation from athletes in countries such as the UK and other East African countries. “We are expecting at least one International Marathon Medal Winner,” Anderma assured.
Tuesday April 29, 2014

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