As in 2012, the Team Cameroon came out of the competition without winning a single medal.
A big zero. For the second consecutive time, the Cameroon Olympic team will return empty-handed from the Olympics. The last hopes of medal of the green-red-yellow in Rio disappeared on August 18, with the defeat of Annabel Laure Ali in freestyle wrestling (75kg).
Beaten in the quarterfinals, the former vice-world champion was fished to compete for the bronze medal. Elbow to elbow with the Russian Ekaterina Bukina throughout the fight, Cameroon bowed out in the dying seconds (3-1), killing the same time her dreams to get an Olympic medal.
That was the end for Cameroon since before her, the other two wrestlers were eliminated in the first round. Rebbeca Ndolo Muambo (48kg) was beaten by Bulgarian Elitsa Yankova 4-0, same as Joseph Emilienne Essombe Tiako.
While waiting for the analysis, the results are unequivocal. Cameroon republishes the sad feat of 2012. Only one athlete reached the final, Auriol Dogmo in the shot put. A fairly resounding failure for a country that has gleaned her first Olympic medal in 1968. Boxer Joseph Bessala of regretted memory won the silver medal at that time. It’s still boxing that offered Cameroon’s second Olympic medal in 1984 with the bronze of Joseph Ndongo Ebanga.
In 2000, the football Lions made it to three the number of metals by winning gold. It was then the turn of Françoise Mbango (2004 and 2008) to bring two gold medals in the triple jump. It now seems as if that time has become so distant. The concern for Cameroon today is who will go for a wreath during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.