IT was all-too expected. There was never going to be a miracle.
Miracle, some say happens in a vacuum, but this was not one of them. And, so it came to pass that Ghana’s 200m runner Emmanuel Dasor ended his Rio Olympic campaign at the Olympic stadium yesterday.
Nobody had tipped him to produce any extraordinary performance anyway, since he was going to line up against a constellation of superb-running athletes who were on top of their business.
Dasor was not even ranked in the first 20 going into yesterday’s race and his sixth position in the second heats may not be all-too surprising. Perhaps, the only disappointment was that the silver medallist at the 2015 All Africa Games, could not surpass his own personal best of 20.49 secs as he recorded a second-rate 20.65 secs.
Evidently, the Ghanaian knew he could have done better, perhaps. The repulsive expression on his face told the story.
Spain’s Bruno Hortelan won the race in 20:12secs beating Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (20:13secs) to second place, with the Jamaican legend himself, Usain Bolt, sweeping the eighth heat of the day in 20:28 secs.
Bolt is chasing what is now known here in Rio as the ‘Triple-triple’ having already clinched the 100m title in this campaign and is eyeing the 200m gold as well as 4×100m glory to seal the deal.
The 6-foot-5 sprinter completed a historic three-feat, winning gold in the 100-metre final in Rio, after similar feats in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. He had won gold in the 200m and the 4×100m too in both Olympics.