Gnima Faye
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Senegal
African Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Brazzaville 100 m hurdles
African Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Porto Novo 100 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place 2010 Nairobi 100 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Bambous 100 m hurdles

Gnima Faye (born 17 November 1984) is a Senegalese track and field athlete who competes in the 100 metres hurdles. She was the 2012 African champion in the event and has a personal best of 13.17 seconds.

She competed in the 200 metres at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics, then switched to the hurdles for the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics. At the age of seventeen she placed fifth in the 100 m hurdles at the 2002 African Championships in Athletics.[1] She ran a personal best of 13.59 seconds to win at the 2003 African Junior Athletics Championships and also placed second in the 400 metres hurdles as well as helping Senegal to third in the 4×100 metres relay.[2]

Faye entered the 2004 African Championships but was disqualified. Her senior breakthrough came at the 2006 event, where she took the hurdles bronze medal and was part of the fourth-placed Senegalese relay team.[3] She placed fifth at the 2007 All-Africa Games and was fourth in the relay, but time-wise she remained off her junior peaks.[4] She finally bettered her 2003 personal best in the 2009 season and she ended that year with a high at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie by taking the silver medal in a personal best of 13.35 seconds.[5]

She was runner-up to Seun Adigun at the 2010 African Championships. Faye won at the CAA Brazzaville and Gabriel Tiacoh meets that year and had a season's best of 13.45 seconds in La Chaux-de-Fonds. She was elected as Africa's hurdles representative for the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and she came seventh. She was based mainly in France in 2011 and she broke the Senegalese record for the 60 metres hurdles with a run of 8.22 seconds. She ran at the 2011 All-Africa Games but only finished seventh. Her switch to France paid off in 2012, as she opened her outdoor season with a personal best of 13.33 seconds, then bettered that with a run of 13.17 seconds at the French Athletics Championships.[6] At the 2012 African Championships the defending champion Adigun slipped, enabling Faye to take the lead and win her first continental hurdles title.[7]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Senegal
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 48th (h) 200 m 26.83
20th (h) Medley relay 2:25.40
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 23rd (h) 100 m hurdles 15.07
10th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 47.55
8th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:57.13[8]
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 5th 100 m hurdles 14.08
4 × 100 m relay DQ
2003 African Junior Championships Garoua, Cameroon 1st 100 m hurdles 13.59
2nd 400 m hurdles 62.32
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 46.84
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 7th 100 m hurdles 14.80
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 100 m hurdles DQ
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 3rd 100 m hurdles 13.95
4th 4 × 100 m relay 47.22
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 5th 100 m hurdles 13.85
4th 4 × 100 m relay 45.26
2009 Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.35
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.67
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 7th 100 m hurdles 13.58[9]
2011 All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 7th 100 m hurdles 14.10
2012 African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 1st 100 m hurdles 13.36
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 33rd (h) 100 m hurdles 13.66
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.47
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 19th (h) 60 m hurdles 8.15
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 5th 100 m hurdles 13.49
2015 African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.28
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 5th 100 m hurdles 13.63
2018 African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 100 m hurdles DNF


  1. ^ Faye Gnima. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ African Junior Championships 2003 Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ Ouma, Mark (2006-08-13). South Africans steal the show - African Championships report - Day Four. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-08.
  4. ^ 2007 All-Africa Games, July 18-22, Algiers. AfricaAthle. Retrieved on 2012-07-08.
  5. ^ Livre de résultats – Athlétisme Archived February 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie. Retrieved on 2009-10-08.
  6. ^ Gnima Faye. FFA. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
  7. ^ Watta, Evelyn (2012-06-29). Milama wins first-ever sprint title for Gabon – African champs, Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
  8. ^ Did not start in the final
  9. ^ Representing Africa