Youth Olympic GamesWednesday, August 20, 2014
Weightlifter takes first medal for Argentina
NANJING, China – Weightlifter Sasha Nievas, 16, clinched yesterday the first medal for Argentina after winning the bronze medal in the 58k category at the Youth Olympic Games while the under-18 rugby team also secured a medal after reaching the final.
London Games gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte cruised through to the women's 100 metres breaststroke final, while China surged to the top of the medals table on the third day of competition in Nanjing.
Lithuanian Meilutyte, the world record holder over 50m in the discipline, will swim for her second gold of the Games today before hopping on a plane to Berlin bound for the European Championships.
Also making waves yesterday was Swiss sharp shooter Sarah Hornung, who took gold in the women's 10m air rifle competition after a tense duel with Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso.
Canadian Tony Gil was also on target when he notched a hole-in-one at the Games' golfing competition. The 16-year-old holed out with a seven iron at the par three third.
Gil's compatriots on the women's rugby team showed they had the stomach for a fight by overcoming home favourites China 26-19 to set up a gold medal game against powerhouse Australia, who thrashed the United States 33-0 in the other semifinal.
Argentina will meet France in the men's final.
The 13-day multi-sport event, which debuted in Singapore four years ago, kicked-off on something of a sour note at the weekend when Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria withdrew due to the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Despite the rough start, Han Dong, assistant director of the marketing department for Nanjing's Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee, said at a media briefing on Tuesday the Games were proving a big hit.
Herald staff with Reuters