President of National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL), Dr. Patrick Coker has expressed his delight with the performance of the country’s athletes in the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
“On the whole, I think they have done well. Not only just participating, but competing. The exposure has done them well, and all of them. With an additional week of proper and intensive training in the best facilities, they were able to 'better' their times,” the impressed NOC-SL president said adding that he is proud of them all.
He said: “One can see they were amongst the youngest in their groups. They have the potential. It's been a pleasure to move around in the "Green, White & Blue.”
Dr. Coker further revealed that they the NOC and sports administrators, need to continue supporting the athletes: “We only have to continue to support them as we did and be able to continue to organize the Post Ebola Jamboree; something which we are working on.”
Team Sierra Leone included two swimmers and two sprinters and for the duo swimmers; Bunturabie Jalloh and Osman Kamara they both set new national record of 39.93 sec and 26.90 sec in the 50m freestyle respectively.
For the sprinters; Sierra Leone's U.S based female sprinter, Hafsatu Kamara getting past the 100m preliminary round was immense. She was however unable to reach the semi-finals despite lowering her time from the one she ran in the preliminaries. Teenager, Ishamail Dudu Kamara failed to progress from his preliminary round in the 100m after he clocked 10.95 to finish fourth in Heat 3. He was ranked 9th out of the 21 runners in the preliminary round.
Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Fully Supported: Ministry of Sports (MOS)