Raymond Ovinou vs. Armen Nazaryan

By Victoria Heard of The Reporters' Academy
30/07/2012

Papua New Guinea's Raymond Ovinou competed in the -66kg division of Judo on the third day of competition in London this week. He had a bye in the elimination round of 64, and then proceeded to lose to Armenian, Armen Nazaryan in the elimination round of 32. The game lasted 21 seconds and the winning move, an Ippon, was correctly executed by Nazaryan, automatically wining him the match. An Ippon, when correctly performed, is done by throwing an opponent on to his/her back; trapping an opponent in an armhold or stranglehold; or immobilizing an opponent on the floor for 25 seconds. Ovinou was the first PNG athlete to compete at the games this year and his efforts were honourably received back at home in PNG. According to his coach, John Jambert, the loss was attributed to technical errors which gave Ovinou's opponent the advantage.




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