Jaysuma Saidy Ndure is a GambianNorwegian sprinter. Having changed nationality from Gambia to Norway in 2006, he holds Norwegian records in the 100 and holds both the Gambian and Norwegian records in the 200 metres, and is the seventh and fourth fastest person to race for Europe of all times on the two distances. He has a bronze medal from the African Championships and several topthree placings in IAAF Golden League meets and the IAAF World Athletics Final.
Saidy was born in Bakau, Western Gambia, and raised by his mother. His first experience in the sprint events came in high school in his hometown. He reportedly took up the 200 metres event in order to avoid beating his friend, who already had taken up the 100 metres event. In June 2001 Saidy entered the West African Championships in Lagos, and won the 200 metres in 21.27. The result was a new Gambian record time. However, setting a national record did not inspire him to commence serious training, as he still preferred to play basketball and volleyball for fun with his schoolmates.