Sierra Leone’s performance at Rio Olympic Games


…How it all ended

August 15, 2016 By: Sahr Morris Jr in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sierra Leone participation at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil came to a close last Saturday after all four athletes’ competed in their respective sports.

Sierra Leone’s quartet which includes two sprinters and two simmers that participated in the games put up a decent performance though they were all unable to reach the semi-final of their respective sports.

The country’s U.S based female sprinter, Hafsatu Kamara, to many, was considered as the nation’s best performer following last Friday’s display as she advanced on a high finishing first from the preliminary round of the 100m with a time of 12.24 sec. That was the first time in recent Olympic era for a Sierra Leonean to put up such performance.

Later in the day, she was unable to make it to the semi-final from the Round one heat 1-a heat which was won by European champions, Dafne Schippers of Holland.

Kamara finished 8th  in the heat with 12.22 and was ranked 59 out of 64 athletes in the overall ranking.

The other two best performers were the swimming duo, Osman Kamara and Bunturabie Jalloh who both set new national record and personal best time in the 50m Freestyle.

Kamara who is the Sierra Leone’s national swimmer’s vice-captain new Personal Best (PB) of 26.90 sec, but that was not enough for him to secure one of the 16 qualifying spots available to the next round and  he was ranked 73 out of 85 swimmers.

The following day, the country’s  teenager sensation, Bunturabie Jalloh smashed her own national record of 40.12 sec as she set up a new one which is 39.93 sec.

Olympic sprint debutant, Ismail Dudu Kamara failed to progress from his preliminary round in the 100m after clocking 10.95 to finish fourth in his Heat 3. He was ranked 9th out of the 21 runners in the preliminary round.