Team Guam frustrated with allotted driver
LONDON (PACNEWS) – Three days into the London Olympics and team officials and media are still facing a lot of problems getting around to the venues.
The police and military are more flexible and understanding than private security hired by the London Olympics Organizing Committee.
Team officials and media have commented on the hassle they have to go through to get to their final destination.
Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) Secretary General Ricardo Blas has been frustrated with their alloted driver which had caused a lot of anxiety for him and Team Guam.
Tuvalu’s Chef de Mission Viliame Sekifu says even some Asian Chef de Missions have struggled to get around “and sometimes we just move together.”
Several media personnel also think Beijing 2008 was better organized, although English was a second language.
A personal best
Meanwhile, Guam’s Pilar Shimizu has swam 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 accomplishment she rated almost as impressive as getting past her pre-race jitters.
“It was such a relief to finally swim 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 semifinal 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 semifinals.
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.”