Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016 – Stephanie Fotso Mougoung of Cameroon made an amazing feat on Wednesday, as she tied the Olympic record of most blocks in a match, when she stuffed her Russian opponents eight times in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games pool play.
The 28-year-old middle blocker tied the records set in Athens 2004 by Chinese setter Feng Kun in the thrilling tie-breaker with Russia and by Russian Ekaterina Gamova in a straight-set match against the Dominican Republic.
Fotso’s achievement is one of the many surprises in the volleyball competition in Rio 2016.
On Wednesday, Russia won the match against Cameroon in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-23), but the underdogs certainly won the hearts of the crowd as they showed an impressive drive against the European powerhouse.
The Cameroonian middle blocker joined an elite group of Olympic medallists when she recorded eight of the team’s total nine blocks, matching the established record after 12 years.
Fotso is a native of Limbe and is playing club volleyball for VBC Chamalieres in France. She has seen action at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, and even then, Fotso and her team-mates got the attention of the fans as they showed some great energy on the court.
Cameroon are doing the same in Rio 2016 as they showcased their lively celebration on court, which makes the game more fascinating to the crowd at the Maracanazinho.