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Cameroonian boxers who deserted their Olympic squad have told the BBC they want to stay in the UK to develop their careers.

The five boxers, who met the BBC at a secret location in London, went missing more than a week ago.

Cameroonian authorities said they suspected the boxers wanted to be economic migrants.

The boxers said they had absconded after they were threatened by senior members of the Cameroonian delegation.

Last week, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and female footballer Drusille Ngako also went missing from the Olympic village.

The boxers - Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo - said that there was no support for athletes in Cameroon.

In the BBC interview, Essomba said the boxers were looking for a sponsor to take them on and to help them obtain long-term residency.

"We are not staying here because we don’t like our country, but [because we] want to practise the sports we love," he said.

"We want to become professional. We cannot return to Cameroon… if we return, we will not practise anymore."

Mendouo said Cameroonian officials had treated them badly during the Olympics - and there had been differences over their promised bonuses, which had been halved.

"Cameroonian authorities threatened us - those who brought us to these Games," he said.

"When a colleague was defeated, he was asked to give his passport."

The head of the Cameroon delegation to the Olympics, David Ojong, said the boxers were lying.

They had never been threatened and were making up the allegation to justify their desertion, he said.

The boxers have a visa to stay in the UK until November.

South African athlete and London 2012 Olympics silver medalist ‘hits back at critics’:

Semenya hit back on Tuesday at criticism of the tactics which resulted in her winning a silver medal in her 800m final.

There was speculation that Semenya did not go all out to win the race.

“[There is] nothing much I can say. I tried my best and I won a silver,” Semenya told reporters.

Semenya said people who questioned her motivation lacked knowledge about the sport.

“So whatever people are saying, they always talk, they know nothing about athletics … They just watch us running, they don’t know what we’re going through, so ja, I tried my best.”

Semenya’s medal was the first for South Africa in a track event since Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Despite her individual success, she was disappointed at being the only member of the track team to finish in a podium spot.

“For me, I’m a little disappointed about the results. We had a strong team so we were expecting at least another four medals, but at least we have a silver.”

Minister Mbalula highlighted her performance.

“When you were running there our hearts nearly stopped. We don’t [know] what your strategy was … Caster represents the greatest guts for women. It doesn’t matter where you come from, you represent a symbol of [a] courageous woman in South Africa.”

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Olympics: Why Africa fell by the wayside by Tolu Ogunlesi*

Extract:

Nigeria, an unrepentantly heavy trader in the stock market of optimism, went to London the way it likes to travel to global engagements (be they sporting events or climate change summits) — eschewing serious preparation, expecting the best, and inevitably attracting the worst, which actually varies in degree depending on the amount of good luck in the air.

In the end, the opening ceremony march-past turned out to be the high point of our London 2012 performance. From a tally of four medals in Beijing (1 silver and 3 bronze) we dropped into medal-less oblivion in London.

As with Nigeria, so has it been with Ghana (Ghana’s last Olympic medal was its Barcelona 1992 bronze in the men’s soccer event).

Kenya, with a much better Olympic record, has also disappointed in London. The east African country, 13th on the medals table four years ago, with a total of 14 medals, all in long-distance athletics (six of which were golds), dropped to 28th place in London, with 11 medals (only two of which were golds).

From the tales of woe filtering out from the various national camps one might be forgiven for assuming it’s the same set of officials managing the Nigerians, Ghanaians and the Kenyans.

Cameroon’s problems are of a slightly different nature — seven of its athletes vanished from camp two weeks into the Games, presumably envisaging brighter prospects as asylum-seekers than as home-bound Olympians.

*the article has more to do with Nigeria than Africa as a whole, imho.

kidduong:

Stephen Kiprotich Wins The Olympic’s Men’s Marathon.

Time:2:08:01

To help give some more perspective to this:

1) this is an average speed of 12.25 miles/hour (19.7 km/hour)

2) The average human long distance running speed is 5-8 miles/hour (8-13 kM/hour)

3) the average human sprinting speed is 12-18 miles/hour (19-29 km/hour)

4) A fast walking pace is about 3 miles/hour (5 km/hour)

That’s right, this guy literally ran at a sprinting pace for 26 miles. Think about that next time you’re huffing from trying to make it to the elevator before the door closes.

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Another way to think of it is Stephen was running faster than the maximum of most treadmills for TWENTY-SIX MILES!

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Ethiopia's Meseret Defar celebrates her win in the 5000-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

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Kenyan athletes and medal winners David Rudisha (gold) and Timothy Kitum (bronze) pose and embrace after their victories in the men’s 800m race.

Kenyan winner of the 3000m men’s steeplchase race, Ezekiel Kemboi, gives us one of the most iconic moments of the Olympics thus far.

Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco came in third in the men’s 1500m final to claim the bronze medal - congratulations Morocco!

Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi just ran the 1500m finishing in first place to claim gold - congratulations Algeria!

Another victory for #Ethiopia today as Tika Gelana wins gold in the women’s marathon, running through the rainy streets of London, and setting a new Olympic record of 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds.

Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya came in second with a time of 2:23:12.

Rwanda’s debutant Olympian Robert Kajuga set a personal best time of 27:56.67 to finish 14th in the London Olympics 10,000m men’s final last night at the Olympic Stadium.
The 27-year old, who went into the competition with a best time of 28:03:24 made the most drastic improvement of his career, setting an impressive time in one of the most closely contested race ever.
Somali-born Mo Farah became the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold with a tremendous victory in the Olympic Stadium. The 29-year-old won in a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds.
Farah’s triumph ended a run of four successive Ethiopian wins and stopped Kenenisa Bekele from winning a third consecutive title.
Galen Rupp of the United States finished second, while Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele finished third. The two-time champion finished fourth, behind his young brother.
The gold is Farah’s first Olympic medal in his second Games - four years ago in Beijing, he failed to qualify for the 5,000m final.
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Rwanda’s debutant Olympian Robert Kajuga set a personal best time of 27:56.67 to finish 14th in the London Olympics 10,000m men’s final last night at the Olympic Stadium.

The 27-year old, who went into the competition with a best time of 28:03:24 made the most drastic improvement of his career, setting an impressive time in one of the most closely contested race ever.

Somali-born Mo Farah became the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold with a tremendous victory in the Olympic Stadium. The 29-year-old won in a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds.

Farah’s triumph ended a run of four successive Ethiopian wins and stopped Kenenisa Bekele from winning a third consecutive title.

Galen Rupp of the United States finished second, while Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele finished third. The two-time champion finished fourth, behind his young brother.

The gold is Farah’s first Olympic medal in his second Games - four years ago in Beijing, he failed to qualify for the 5,000m final.

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Egypt’s Eman Gaber watches from the side of the piste during her side’s match against Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games Women’s Foil Team Fencing event at the ExCel Centre, London, Great Britain,  August 2, 2012.

Djibouti's Abdourahman Osman reacts after he competed in the men's 50m freestlye heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 in London.

Osman failed to qualify past the heat stage with a time of 27.25.

Cameroon’s Thomas Essomba, left, fights Morocco’s Abdelali Daraa in a men’s light flyweight (49 kg) round-of-32 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012.

Despite winning this match, Essomba was later beaten by Ireland’s Paddy Barnes, 15-10.

Nigerian weightlifter, Felix Ekpo, has broken the Africa and Commonwealth Games records in the 77 kg category.

Ekpo achieved this feat in the on-going London 2012 Olympic Games when he lifted 151 kg (snatch) and 180 kg (Clean and Jerk), making his total score 311kg.

His performance at the snatch category is the best yet at Africa and Commonwealth levels. The previous Commonwealth record belongs to Peter Yukio of Nauru.

After finishing second in his Group ‘B’, Ekpo was adjudged 8th in the final standing as the first to sixth lifters of the ‘A’ category relegated the Nigerian lifter outside the podium.

Minister of Sports and Chairman of the NSC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, was however impressed with Ekpo’s performance even though he did not win a medal.

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