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Cameroon Judoka Arrey Sophina knock-out of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

·      Four Cameroonian athletes have been eliminated from the Olympic Games as the country continues to seek their first medal at the global multi-sport event in Japan.

By Beng Emmanuel

Arrey Ayuk Sophina has been eliminated from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after suffering defeat by Kim Seong-Yeon in the Women’s Judo 70kg round of 32.

The 27-year-old put up an impressive display but fell short against her South Korean rivals-regarded as the highest ranked Judokas in the category.

Her defeat means she becomes the fourth Cameroonian athlete to be knocked out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games. Cameroon medal hopefuls in boxing Seyi Wilfried and Albert Mengue Ayissi suffered a painful exit. Table tennis star Sarah Hanffou Nana also suffered a similar fate in the single women’s preliminary round.

After Arrey Ayuk Sophina’s exit, Cameroon will be counting on Hortence Vanessa Mballa Atangana who will face Turkey’s Kayra Sayit in the women’s 78kg category round of 32.

There is also hope in weightlifting with Clementine Meukeugni and Jean Gaelle Eyenga who both get into action on August 1.

Despite the setback, Cameroon’s chances of claiming a medal at the Olympic Games remain still intact. During their last participation in 2016, they failed to grab a medal and are upbeat to make amends this year.  

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