Cameroonian swimmers Yves Charly Ndjoume and Elisabeth Milanesi Norah respectively ranked first at the end of their 50m freestyle series at the end of the morning this Friday, July 30, 2021 in Tokyo.
For his very first participation in the Olympic Games, Yves Charly Ndjoume was not ridiculous. At the end of the inaugural 50-meter “free man” event this Friday, he finished first in his series ahead of five competitors with a time of 27 seconds 22. On this buoyant wave for Team Cameroon, Elisabeth Milanesi Morah, in the green-red-yellow colors, also won in her series, 50 women’s freestyle ahead of eight competitors with a time of 26 seconds 41.
Despite these performances, the only two athletes that Cameroon has entered in swimming are eliminated from the competition. “They shone in series. But, in the balance sheet of all the series, they are eliminated because their respective position does not place them among the 16 best swimmers qualified for the semi-finals ”.
Before Yves Charly Ndjoume and Elisabeth Milanesi Norah, the day began with the failure of judokate Vanessa Mballa Atangana eliminated in the 32nd finals.
The Cameroonian, quadruple African champion over 78 kg, was this Friday, July 30, 2021, at 4 am, against the Turkish Sayit Kayra on the judo mat of the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
The rise on the carpet of the robust fighter Hortense Vanessa Mballa Atangana was eagerly awaited within the Cameroonian delegation, already overwhelmed by a series of defeats within Team Cameroon. But, Vanessa Mballa failed to win in front of the Turkish Sayit Kayra. The quadruple African judo champion lost her very first fight of the 32nd Olympiad by “Waza-Ari” at ground level. In addition, the Cameroonian received a yellow card. The judge imposed this penalty on her for a “Shido Non-Combativity”, which means that she refused to fight for a time beyond the limit.
Vanessa Mballa was presented as a chance for a medal within Team Cameroon. Its premature elimination is therefore a huge disappointment. “The defeat was however foreseeable because of the lack of preparation, the lack of concentration, the intrigues for two months before the competition, the wars with the hierarchy (ministry and federation …) In short, the same things that you hear since on Cameroon’s participation in world competitions ”explained our colleague Alain Noah Awana.
Below is the list of athletes still in the running:
Emmanuel Object (200 m)
Emilienne Essombe Tiako (53 kg)
Jeanne G. Eyenga (76 kg)
Clémentine Meukeugni (87 Kg)