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UPDATE: 2012 Summer Olympics —Team AmSam

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In the latest news on the American Samoa contingent of five athletes representing American Samoa in the 2012 Olympic Games, three have already competed.

SWIMMING

Megan Fonteno who is representing American Samoa in the Women’s 100 meter Freestyle swimming event,took 6th in her heat with a new personal best (PB) of 57.45, according to swim team manager Erika Radewagen, who was pleased with the results.

Megan will not advance to the semi-finals that will be taking place today.

Out of the 52 women swimmers competing in the 100 meter Freestyle heat yesterday, only the top 16 move on to the semi-finals, with the top 8 from the semi-finals going to the finals, which will be tomorrow.

The official standings have Fonteno with the 39th best time out of 52 swimmers.

The fastest time was by Ronomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands who had a time of 52.75 seconds, setting a new Olympic record by beating the time of 53.12 seconds.

The other American Samoa swimmer is Ching-maou Wei, who swam in the Men’s 50 meter Freestyle with a time of 27.64 seconds yesterday and placed 3rd in a field of eight in his heat. However, with his time, he will not be advancing to the semi-finals which will be tomorrow.

Out of a field of 58, he had the 51st best time. The fastest time was by Cesar Cielo of Brazil, who had a time of 21.38 seconds, which was .08 seconds off the Olympic record of 21.30 seconds.

JUDO

Twenty five year old Anthony Liu , competing in the 100kg class in the sport of Judo, took on Jevgenijs Borodavko from Latvia in the elimination round of 32 today, and lost. He will not be moving on to semi-finals.

ATHLETICS/TRACK & FIELD

Elama Fa’atounu (18) who is representing American Samoa in men’s Athletics/Track and Field in the 100 meter event, will be competing this coming Saturday where he will be running in a preliminary round.

WRESTLING

Most anticipated, for American Samoa, is Nathaniel Tuamoheloa (18), who will be competing in the 96kg class in the men’s Freestyle competition, with the qualification or preliminary rounds starting on Saturday, Aug. 11. The main rounds for wrestling begin the following day, Sunday, Aug. 12.

SAMOA

WEIGHTLIFTING — MEDAL HOPEFUL

The athletic contingent representing our sister island of Samoa, is led by their medal hopeful female weightlifter, Ele Opeloge who competes in the 75kg class. She is scheduled to lift on Sunday August 5.

Opeloge earned a Gold Medal in the Oceania Weightlifting Championships 2008, 2007, a Silver Medal in 2006 and a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. In 2008 she finished 4th overall in the Olympics in Bejing, China, just missing out in a Bronze Medal.

Other Olympic hopefuls in the Samoa contingent are Kaino Thomsen (Male-Tae Kwon Do 80kg & over), Emanuel Fuamatu (Male-Athletics/Shot Put), Toafitu Perive (Male-Weightlifting 77kg), Maureen Tuimaliifano (Female-Archery), Aleni Smith (Male-Judo 73kg), Rudolph Williams (Male- Canoe C1 200 meters & C1 1000 meters) and Talitiga Crawley (Female-Judo 67kg & over).

Here is how the Samoan athletes competed so far.

Thomsen will be competing on Saturday August 11.

Fuamatu will start competing this coming Friday.

Perive’s first day of competition was yesterday in the Clean & Jerk/Snatch — at 10 p.m. Samoa time — with no word available at press time for American Samoa.

Yesterday, Samoa’s Maureen Tuimaliifano (Female-Archery) lost to South Korea’s Sung Jin Lee in the 1/32 Eliminations, knocking the Samoan out of competition.

Aleni Smith was defeated by Jaromir Jezek of Czech Republic in the Elimination Round of 32 this past Monday, knocking him out of competition.

Rudolph Williams will not start competing in the Canoe competition until Monday August 6. Talitiga Crawley will start her preliminary round on Saturday August 11.

OVERALL MEDALS

Here are the top three countries with the most medals as of Tuesday, July 31:

China: Gold 13 Silver 6 Bronze 4 = 23 Medals

United: States: 8 Gold 8 Silver 6 Bronze = 22 Medals

Japan: 1 Gold 4 Silver 8 Bronze = 13 Medals

The Oceania Countries with Medals are Australia with 1 Gold, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronze for a total of 6 Medals. New Zealand has 1 Bronze.

(Sources: www.london2012.com and www.sportingpulse.com)



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