Pacific Daily News from Agana Heights, Guam on August 9, 2012 · Page A40
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Pacific Daily News from Agana Heights, Guam · Page A40

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SPORTS guampdn.com Thursday, August 9, 2012 40 75¢ on Guam By Ron Ige Pacific Daily News rige@guampdn.com Amy Atkinson dug deep down the stretch and that effort was good enough to break Guam’s 22- year-old national record in the women’s 800-meter run yesterday at the 2012 London Olympics. With an estimated 80,000 people in the stands at Olympic Stadium and an untold number watching online, Atkinson looked up at the giant scoreboard and smiled: She had done it. Atkinson’s time of 2 minutes and 18.53 seconds put her last in her heat, but No. 1 in the Guam record books in her event. Jen Allred’s old record was 2:19.20. “I’m so excited, so thankful,” Atkinson said. “It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I really feel that everyone’s support carried me through that race. I felt God’s joy when I was running out there.” There were only five runners in heat three. Atkinson, starting in lane 6, did not allow the pack to get too far ahead of her. She even caught the lead runners and moved into second place briefly before they took off the second time around the track. Atkinson fell into last place and was way behind the top four runners, but she continued to run hard and finished with the record. Atkinson’s personal best entering the Olympics was 2:21.30 set at the Oceania Championships. She is the daughter of Greg and Terri Atkinson of Mongmong. By Jojo Santo Tomas Pacific Daily News santotomas@guampdn.com LONDON — As of press time last night, Maria Dunn was hoping that Russian Federation wrestler Lubov Volosova would continue to do well here at the London Olympics. Dunn, a tripartite selection for the London Games, fell to Voloso- va by pin early in the match. “It was a trip, and then she really had my leg tight. All I could do was fight from the bottom. Only one of my shoulders was down on the mat, I could feel it. But sometimes, if the time’s running out, they’ll just call it, even if it’s not a clear pin,” she said. Volosova was scheduled to fight Katerina Lopez from Cuba and won that match. “Hopefully I’ll get another match, in the nearest, nearest future,” she said. “I’m just hoping that she goes through and if she goes through it’s a possibility. I’m really hoping that happens, but all I can do is watch. I really, really, really want another match.” Dunn wanted the people of Guam to know that she did everything she could. “You always feel that you could have done something else, but you just take the hand that you’re dealt and do what you can. It’s been a great 14 years!” Dunn’s coach Roy Wood said he has been very satisfied with her training. “I think another day, another match, she could quite easily beat that wrestler,” he said. “She’s capable of doing it and I feel she’s capable of beating anybody on any given day.” Russian pins Dunn early in match Atkinson delivers record performance Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports Going for it: Amy Atkinson competes in the women’s 800- meter heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games Tuesday at Olympic Stadium. PHOTOS ONLINE For more photos, visit the Pacific Daily News photo gallery at www.guam pdn.com Jojo Santo Tomas/Pacific Daily News/santotomas@guampdn.com Pinned: Maria Dunn lost to Lubov Volosova early in their match Tuesday at the 2012 London Olympics. Go to GuamPDN.com for more photos.

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