Wednesday, September 14 2022
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Kansas State Track Athlete Wurrie Njadoe recently helped her country, The Gambia, win a gold medal in the women’s 4×100 meters relay at the fifth annual Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey.

The Njadoe quartet, Gina Bass, Maimouna Jallow and Ola Bowaro finished with an Islamic Games record time of 43.83 to win the country’s second gold of the day after Bass won his fifth in the 200 metres.

Njadoe also competed in the women’s 200 meters at the Islamic Games, finishing in fourth place with a time of 23.35. She posted a second-place time of 23.18 in the semifinals to advance to the final.

The Islamic Solidarity Games, organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee, brought together more than 4,200 athletes representing 54 countries.

It’s been a busy summer for Njadoe, who has struggled with injuries throughout his K-State career. She ran the 100 and 200 meters at the Commonwealth Games in early August, finishing seventh in the 200 meters semi-final with a time of 23.95, while she clocked 11.50 in the 100 meters.

Njadoe capped off her time at K-State by qualifying for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200-meter and 4×400-meter relays. She clocked 23.45 in the 200 to finish 21st overall, while part of the relay team that finished 22n/a with a time of 3:37.70. She also placed in the top 10 in four events (team 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relay and long jump) at the 2022 Big 12 Outdoor Championships, including top 5 in team relay.

It’s been an active summer for current and former Wildcats athletics student-athletes on the international stage, including former Janee Kassanavoid (woman’s hammer), Tejaswin Shankar (men’s high jump) and Kimberly Williamson (women’s high jump) winning bronze medals at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, respectively. Kassanavoid became the first Native American to win a medal at the World Championships, while Shankar became the first Indian to win an athletics medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Current sophomores Emile Uhlin and Carl af Forselles finished second and third respectively in the decathlon at the Swedish Outdoor Championships, while Uhlin won silver in the high jump and Forselles bronze in the long jump at the Swedish Championships. Senior Kyle Gale almost helped Barbados to a medal in the 4×400 meters relay at the Commonwealth Games, as the quartet finished fourth with a season best time of 3:03.92.

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