Emilienne Tiako Essombe, is the lone athlete left to keep hopes of a medal alive for Cameroon, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The rest of the eleven athletes out of a delegation of twelve, will only have to hope that their compatriot wrestles to success in her outing on Thursday.
Twelve days into the competition, the Cameroonian delegation has only been slumping with the recent exit being that of Esseme Emmanuel. He emerged fourth in the 200m race on Tuesday, in 20.65 seconds, a performance which was not enough to qualify him for the semi-final.
“If I had the opportunity to always compete with athletes from other countries, to feel the tension, to get acquainted with the atmosphere of high-level competition, at this particular stage it would be kind of similar. I would not have the stress I underwent today” Esseme said.
Presently, all focus is on 33-year old Emilienne Tianko, who will be wrestling in the 53kg category on Thursday, August 5. Her opponent, 24-year old Mayu Mukaida from Japan, is considered to be a tough adversary coupled with home support. However, the Cameroonian and her team are doing everything possible not to get distracted.
Emilienne Tiako’s instructors have said they are satisfied with the training she has got so far, and that they are ready for the competition. The Olympics which started on 23 July, will end on 8 August 2021.