Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

Cameroon: Mewoli Abdon Punched Out at London Olympics

He was eliminated on points after an epic fight.

Mewoli Abdon, a 60-kg Cameroonian boxer at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been eliminated from the competition. Boxing at the Excel South Arena 2, Hyacinthe Mewoli Abdon was overpowered by Uzbekistan's Fazlidden Gaibnazaroy 6-11 in a tight first round that ended with the judges scoring the bout evenly.

During the second bout, Mewoli came up strong but lost concentration at midway with Gaibnazarov capitalizing. As the minutes ebbed, the 21-year old Uzbek athlete bobbed in and out of the range, tempting the Cameroonian 60-kg athlete into an attack before dodging and countering. The Uzbek's tactics proved very fruitful as he took and maintained the lead to the end of the fight.

Away from boxing, the Lionesses of Cameroon are already in Coventry where they are expected to clash against New Zealand at the Coventry Stadium. Reports from the Lionesses' dent say the girls are waxing strong with no case of injury recorded. As usual, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, who has been meeting the athletes before and after they have competed, was on hand to boost their morale. According to the Head of Delegation to the Olympics, today's encounter to begin at 19h45 is of utmost importance.

Other athletes continue to put final touches to their training at the Olympic Village. Medical officials say, no major injury or ill-health has been registered. On the part of the trainers, emphasis is no more on physical training, but on tactical and moral boosting. According to David Ojong, Head of Mission to the Olympic Games, it has been a hitch-free competition. No case of indiscipline, athletes are well equipped, fed and very strict security measures have been put in place. Judging from the level of the competition, there are hopes that Cameroonian athletes might create surprises.

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