Cameroon’s standard-bearer and lone representative still competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Essombe Tiako Emilienne, risks elimination after losing her first match on Thursday, August 8.
Two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida ruffled the Cameroonian in the 53kg category of the women’s freestyle wrestling, winning 10-0 in 2 minutes 28 seconds. As it stands, Emilienne Tiako’s stay in the competition only depends on the performance of the other athletes.
The 33-year old can only nurse hopes for a bronze medal if 24-year old Japanese, Mayu Mukaida, sails through to the final. “I’m a little bit disappointed. Because I finished the match but I still have too much energy. It was possible I fight better, it was possible that I give it all” Essombe regretted.
She acknowledged that consistent training and participation in more competitions will give more experience “it is all about experience. The more you compete, the more you have experience” she said.
Out of the African countries competing at the Olympics in Japan, the top five include; Kenya – five medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze), South Africa – three medals (1 gold and 2 silver), Ethiopia – three medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze), Uganda – three medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze), Tunisia – two medals (1 gold and 1 silver).