PATIENCE Jumba-Gula created a little bit of history recently when her 80-metre sprint time was declared the fastest in European history for an eleven-year old.
The young record breaker clocked up a blistering 10.16 seconds at the Leinster and All-Ireland championships in Tullamore Co. Offaly, which was this week ratified as the best time in Europe - ever!
The St Gerard's AC speedster recorded the time at the semi-final stage of the Leinster Outdoor Track & Field Championships to set the new record. The previous best of 10.56 seconds was set by an English girl way back in 1986.
Patience almost broke her own record in the final of the All-Ireland when she posted what was the second fastest time of all time when she crossed the finishing line in 10.17 seconds.
Patience is entering St Vincent's Secondary school this coming September and is developing into an exceptional all round athlete having competed at national level in the shot putt and long jump.
Brain Murphy of St Gerard's Athletic Club feels the future is bright for the young star.
'We were not aware that her time had set a new all-time record, but it turned out it was a lot quicker than the previous record and that bodes well for the coming years. She has a very supportive family and her younger sister Patricia is also developing into a good prospect.'
Patience also has big plans for the future as Brian pointed out. 'She wants to one day represent Ireland on the European and World stage. I am hoping to get her involved with the development squad which gets together to do some training over the coming months.'