Monday, 6 August 2012

Where will the medals come from?

Team Nigerian officials
watched in awe as yet
another hope of a medal
frittered in boxing where
Russian Nadezda Torlopova
pounded Edith Ogoke out of
the medal zone.
The Russian blew her away
with devastating punches
ending the fight on a
performances in pre
Olympics meets.
She beat Jamaica’s Shelly Ann
Fraser Pryce and Carmelita
Jeta of USA in the Diamond
league few days to the
Olympics but when it
mattered most she
developed cramp and placed
last with a time of 11.01
seconds. Pryce and Jeta won
gold and silver respectively.
This was after Blessing had
posted 10.93 seconds in the
first heat which she won and
10.92 seconds in the semi-
final which she also won.
Book makers, therefore,
expected a better
performance from her in the
final. That didn’t happen.
“After the semi-final I had
pains on my legs. I had some
kind of cramp and if the final
was 24 hours from then I
would have been okay but it
was just two hours later. I
have to get treatment and
move on,” Blessing told this
reporter in her first reaction
to any Nigerian journalist
here.
Moving on as she said is
what Dr. Uduaghan wants
her to accomplish now.
the governor told her
offered useful tips and the
Russian romped into the lead
in the second round 10 – 4.
There was no looking back
as the third set did not get
better. After knocking Edith
down, the Russian moved to
14 -6 in the third before her
unassailable points
continued till the last round
at 18 -8. It was a pitiable
evening in London.

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