Malian sprinter, Djenebou Danté, won the gold medal in the 400m lady, winning in a time of 52 ”23 on Wednesday, July 26. The sprinter offered Mali, its first gold medal.
Djenebou Danté dominated the race from start to finish and left no chance for her opponents. “I am very happy to have won this gold medal. I dedicate it to the Malian people, especially to my mother,” reacted the former member of the AS Police who is now based in France
“A few months ago I was sick and I did not even think I could participate in the Francophonie Games. before the start of the race, the whole delegation of Mali encouraged me,”added the native of Dravéla Bolibana who is participating for the first time at the Francophonie Games.
Djénébou Danté, 1.76m, 79kg is a beautiful page in the history of Malian athletics, although the senior sister of Malian international junior footballer Abdoul Karim Danté clocked the best time in 2016 at the French Championships (52”16).
At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sprinter achieved a time of 52”85 in the 400m. It should be remembered that Djénébou Danté was crowned champion of Mali several times in the 100, 200 and 400m. The coronation of the sprinter was greeted by all the Malian viewers who were able to follow the race on TV5. It was around 4 pm and a few minutes later, Djénébou Danté received her gold medal under the ovation of supporters present at the stadium Félix Houphouët Boigny.
Yesterday’s day was prolific for the Malian delegation, as Kénéfing Traoré also won the silver medal in the javelin competition that took place after the 400m final. The icing on the cake for Kénéfing Traoré, she set a new Mali record with a 49.85m throw. The former record was held by the resident of the Ami Keita sports association. Among the artists, Aboubacar Bablé Draba won the silver medal in the category of digital creation, bringing the total number of medals in Mali since the kick-off of the Games on Friday, July 21 in Abidjan. The 4 medals are distributed as follows: 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. The first medal of the Malian delegation (a bronze medal) was won by Mamadou Chérif Dia in the triple jump competition.