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

 

Alex Lowe
Friday 03 August 2012 10:31
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July 30, 2012: Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka is pictured after competing in the men's single sculls semi-finals of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney. He finished last by a distance.
July 30, 2012: Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka is pictured after competing in the men's single sculls semi-finals of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney. He finished last by a distance.

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.

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