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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Cameroon’s last hope for medal loses first fight

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Cameroon's last hope for medal loses first fight
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Cameroon’s standard-bearer and last standing athlete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, wrestler Emilienne Essombe Tiako has been overpowered in her first outing.

The 33-year-old athlete lost in the tournament’s women’s 53 kilograms freestyle range early this Thursday August 5 ten-zero to Japan’s two-time world champion, Mayu Mukaida.

Emilienne Essombe was overpowered within 2 minutes and few seconds. She will have to wait for the other results and hope that Mayu Mukaida sails through to the final to be able to compete for the bronze medal via a rescue system dubbed repechage.

It is worth mentioning that she is the last Cameroonian athlete still in the race at the global sporting competition and the last hope for the country to pocket a medal after her eleven co-athletes from the country progressively bowed out of the competition at the first rounds in their disciplines.

Published on 05.05.2023

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