Norah Milanesi and Yves Charly Ndjoume, have been eliminated from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite winning in the 50 metres freestyle swimming. Norah, 18, missed out on a semi-final spot by less than 2 seconds.
Out of the three Cameroonian athletes that were in action on Friday, 30 July, Norah and Yves Charly recorded victories in swimming with the former completing in 26 seconds, while it took the latter 27 seconds.
Their victories were not enough to enable them to make the top 16 that will continue competing. Despite the loss, they maintained an optimistic mindset “I’m absolutely happy, it’s my first Olympic games and this won’t be the last one. I’m absolutely happy to represent Cameroon here and I hope this will serve as an inspiration for the girls who would like to swim in the future” Norah said.
Yves Charly Ndjoume also expressed himself “today was a very difficult day for me. It was not good, it was not bad. I hope that next time I will do my best. It is my first Olympics”.
Apart from the two swimmers, a third athlete competed on Friday. Vanessa Mballa, also crashed out of the tournament after losing against Turkish Kayra Sayit in judo. This takes the total number of Cameroonian athletes already eliminated to eight out of twelve.
All medal hopes now lie on the shoulders of wrestler Essomba Tiako Emmilienne, 200-metres athlete Emmanuel Eseme and weight lifters Clementine Meukeugni and Jeanne Eyenga.