By Tony Ubani reporting from London
Nigeria is not the only country that is still medal less after 13 days of Olympics contest in London.
While Nigerians sports fans here continue to lament the country’s plight, Austrians are also bracing for their worst Olympics outing.
Austria is used to raking in winter Olympic golds in Alpine skiing, its traditional strength, but still has not failed to win a summer medal since 1964.
“With no medals, Austria faces the biggest Olympics bust in history. Embarrassing: at the moment we are limping behind the washout of Tokyo in 1964,” the Oesterreich tabloid moaned, resorting to comparing the number of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishes the country produced nearly half a century ago.
After the men’s 49er sailors won the medal race but narrowly missed overall bronze on Wednesday, Austrian hopes boiled down to the final of the women’s pair canoe sprint on Thursday, which features world champions Yvonne Schuring and Viktoria Schwarz.
It has been a star-crossed Games from the outset for Austria, with a population of 8.4 million, similar to that of neighboring Switzerland, which has a gold and a silver so far.
First Heinz Jungwirth, head of the national Olympic committee for 26 years, was sentenced to five years in jail in July for embezzling more than 3 million euros ($3.7 million) from the organization.
Then swimmer Markus Rogan seemed to question the intelligence of national skiing star Hermann Maier – winner of two Olympic golds.