Team Cameroon is still looking for its first medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Will Cameroon return empty-handed from Rio? Cameroon is poised to repeat the underperformance in 2012 in London. After a week of competition, the country of origin of Francoise Mbango has only three representatives left.
These are the wrestlers Ali Annabel Laure (-75kg), Rebecca Muambo (-75kg) and Joseph Emilienne Essombe Tiako (-53 kg). They will enter the competition on 18 August. If the eight times champion of Africa, Annabel Laure Ali is confident before the competition, the reality is that Cameroon will struggle to get on the podium in a discipline where the world’s best are Westerners.
In volleyball, the lionesses who are already eliminated, completed their tournament this August 14th. Last match in Pool A against South Korea, where the Lionesses were beaten 3 sets against 0. It is therefore unclear how Cameroon could get a medal before the end of the competition.
We will perhaps be satisfied with the final of Auriol Dogmo in the ladies in shot put. With a throw of 16.99m, the two times African champion finished in last place in a competition won by American Michelle Carter with 20.63m.
Her comrade in the triple jump, Joelle Sandrine Mbumi did not even manage to reach the final. The African champion of 2015 was wedged in qualifying with a small jump of 13.11m, well behind the 14.52 m of the Colombian Caterine Ibarguen that achieved the best performance in qualifying. A real underperformance for the young 30 year old woman whose personal best record is of 14.16m.
Things did not go better in weightlifting for the Little David Mikoumba (-94kg). He ranked 16th with a total mass of 305 kg. Not enough to go tickle the best, especially the gold medalist Iranian Sohrab Moradi (403 kg).