'Issaka the Otter' receives huge roar as he finishes 33rd and last in rowing event at Eton Dorney


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Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka received the roar of a home gold medallist from the Eton Dorney crowd as he finished 33rd and last in the men's single sculls.

Djibo Issaka - affectionately nicknamed 'Issaka the Otter' - trailed home last in an all-African F final, which decides the final three places in the competition.

The 35-year-old, who arrived in London with only three months of rowing experience and trained for the Olympics in an old fishing boat, finished one minute and 20 seconds behind race winner Aymen Mejri from Tunisia.