By Onochie Anibeze reporting from London
Team Nigerian officials watched in awe as yet another hope of a medal frittered in boxing where Russian Nadezda Torlopova pounded Edith Ogoke out of the medal zone.
The Russian blew her away with devastating punches ending the fight on a performances in pre Olympics meets.
She beat Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Carmelita Jeta of USA in the Diamond league few days to the Olympics but when it mattered most she developed cramp and placed last with a time of 11.01 seconds. Pryce and Jeta won gold and silver respectively.
This was after Blessing had posted 10.93 seconds in the first heat which she won and 10.92 seconds in the semi-final which she also won.
Book makers, therefore, expected a better performance from her in the final. That didn’t happen.
“After the semi-final I had pains on my legs. I had some kind of cramp and if the final was 24 hours from then I would have been okay but it was just two hours later. I have to get treatment and move on,” Blessing told this reporter in her first reaction to any Nigerian journalist here.
Moving on as she said is what Dr. Uduaghan wants her to accomplish now.
the governor told her offered useful tips and the Russian romped into the lead in the second round 10 – 4. There was no looking back as the third set did not get better. After knocking Edith down, the Russian moved to 14 -6 in the third before her unassailable points continued till the last round at 18 -8. It was a pitiable evening in London.