By Mohamed Assed.
Tripoli, 30 July:
Ahmed Yousef Elkawiseh, the Libyan Judoka, lost his . . .[restrict]second-round match in the 66-kilogramme category to Mirzahid Farmonov of Uzbekistan. Elkawiseh was the first member of the five-strong Libyan team to compete at the London Olympics and had qualified for the round of 32 (the second round) at the ExCeL (London Exhibition Centre) on Sunday after receiving a bye from the first round. A “bye” is when someone moves to the round of 32 without competing in the first round, due to an uneven number of competitors.
The 23-year-old Libyan found Farmonov a tough competitor and was defeated in only 4 mins, 26 seconds, by one Ippon and one Yuko. Ippon means “one full point” and is the highest score a fighter can achieve. A Yuko is awarded when a contestant pins their opponent for between 20 and 25 seconds.
The next Libyan to be called into action will be swimmer Sofyan El-Gadi who is set to compete in the 100-metre butterfly contest on Thursday, 2 August, at the Olympic Park’s purpose-built Aquatics Centre. It houses two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25-metre diving pool. [/restrict]