Hamadou Djibo Issaka. A 35 year old from landlocked Niger received a wild card to compete in the Olympics. Having never rowed until three months ago, he found himself rowing among some of the world’s most elite rowers. He gave it his best and although he finished in the slowest time ever seen at Olympics rowing (8:39.66), I think the guy has done really really well for himself. Hamadou finished 100 seconds behind the last competitor.
100 seconds is a lot. But considering Hamadou only took up rowing three months ago and he was competing against the top rowers in the world, when you really consider it, 100 seconds isn’t all that long at all.
He should be seen as an inspiration. He never gave up. He kept going and gave it his all. The crowd got behind him. Even the commentator had words of encouragement for him.
A true inspiration.
Well done Hamadou!