All twelve athletes from Cameroon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been eliminated. Essombe Tiako Emilienne, who bore the last hopes of a medal for the West African country, lost her bronze match in wrestling against Bat-Ochir Bolortuya from Mongolia, on Friday, 6 August 2021.
As the competition gradually wraps up, the Cameroonian delegation will only have to look forward to correcting their errors in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The number of Cameroonian participants at this year’s competition started dropping with the early exit of table tennis player, Sarah Hanffou. She was followed by Arrey Sophina in Judo and all three boxers of the delegation; Wilfried Seyi, Albert Mengue and Maxime Yegnong.
Swimmers Norah Milanesi and Yves Charly Ndjoume on their part, had a more encouraging performance. They bowed out on July 30, after brilliant results in the 50m freestyle swimming. They each finished first in their respective heats but could not be retained after failing to make the top 16 list. Vanessa Mballa in judo, equally crashed out on the same day.
They were followed by Jeanne Eyenga and Clementine Meukeugni in weight lifting who got eliminated on the 2nd of August. Despite the continuous exits, the 200m race looked promising for Cameroon with Emmanuel Eseme, but his efforts to qualify for the semis came up short when he finished fourth in the sprint of August 3.
With Essombe Tiako losing in the 53kg women’s wrestling bronze final, Cameroonians’ hope for something to console themselves with, have been dashed. The Tokyo Olympic games which started on July 23, end on Sunday August 8, 2021.