30 Jul 2012

Sport: Guam swimmer does personal best amid Pacific Olympic appearances

10:32 am on 30 July 2012

Guam's Pilar Shimizu has swum a personal best time in the women's 100m breaststroke heats on day three of the London Olympics.

The 16 year old finished second in the opening heat in a time of 1.15.76, an acomplishment she rated almost as impressive as getting past her pre-race jitters.

"It was such a relief to finally swin after almost a year of training. I was very pleased with my race - I had planned to go 1.15 and I did it. I think the biggest thing that I got out of this was overcoming my nervousness, because I've never been so nervous before, and I think I used that to my advantage."

Fiji's Matelita Buadromo was third in the same heat in a time of 1.16.33, but both were well off the semi final pace.

Meanwhile on day two in the pool, Tonga's Amini Fonua won his 100m breaststroke heat but still wasn't fast enough to advance to the semi finals.

Fonua had been hoping to swim under a minute and two seconds but managed 1.03.65, which, while enough to win the opening heat, was slower than every time in the other five heats.

In Judo, Papua New Guinea's Raymond Ovinou lost his opening bout against Armenia's Armen Nazaryan in the men's under 66kg class.

PNG Chef de Mission Syd Yates says things had started well for the 27 year old.

He had the Armenian in a hold first up and I think he surprised the Armenian. All of a sudden his grip slipped a bit and the Armenian got him so quickly and threw Raymond on his back, and once you get thrown on your back in judo you're out, so the fight was over pretty quickly but I think it would have been good if Raymond could have lasted a bit longer because I think he could have gave a fair account of himself.

Solomon Islands jodoka Tony Lamo had won his first match in the under 60kg class on day two at the Games, before falling to Sofiane Milous in the round of 16.

Fijian weightlifter Manueli Tulo finished thirteenth in the men's 56kg class, snatching 105kg and clean and jerking 128kg for a total of 233kg.

In the women's 53kg class, PNG's Dika Toua finished 14th, snatching 79kg and clean and jerking 95kg for a total of 174kg.

Meanwhile Vanuatu table tennis duo Anolyn Lulu and Yoshua Sing were beaten in the men's and women's singles.

Lulu lost her preliminary round match against Brazil's Ligia Silva, while compatriot Sing also bowed out at the same stage against Cuba's Andy Perreira.