Martial Art of Monday, 30 July 2012
Ghanaian Judoka Emmanuel Nartey lost out (3:0) to twice world silver medalistDex Elmont in the -73kgs classat the ExCel Arena on Monday, 30th July. Nartey, 29, found the going very hard against his much experienced Dutch opponent and was thrice penalised for infringements against his opponents.
Despite his loss, Nartey made history as the first judoka from the country to compete at the Olympic Games.
The British Army man has been competing for Ghana since 2004 but Elmont last competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and comes from a rich family background in Judo: his father competed in the 1978 Olympics while his brother is also a judoka.
Nartey had an extensive pre games preparation with trips abroad whiles also training with his teammates at the Bath University.