Youth olympicsFriday, August 22, 2014
Argentina takes first gold in Games
After five days of the Youth Olympics, Argentina won its first gold yesterday as team Douillet, with Buenos Aires-born Ayelén Elizeche, beat team Geesink in the mixed judo competition.
NANJING, China — Ayelén Elizeche clinched the first gold medal for Argentina yesterday in the Youth Olympics as the athlete’s team won in the mixed judo competition.
Elizeche beat Hyekyeong Lee of South Korea in her first combat of the 52kg, but lost against Marusa Stangar of Slovenia in the quarterfinals. In the playoffs, the Argentine defeated Ulyana Minenkova of Belarus. Despite another loss in the semifinals playoffs, her team, Rouge, won the final against Geesink and got to the top of the podium.
It was the fifth medal for Argentina in the Games. Argentine Gustavo Basile, part of the Douillet team and in the 100kg category, lost in the semifinals against Geesink and claimed the bronze medal.
Also, national field hockey team, the Leoncitas, drew 3-3 with Japan and finished third in their group. They will face Uruguay tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
So long the dominant force on the US LPGA Tour, South Korea’s women now look to have set their sights on Olympic golfing glory after Lee So-young won the gold medal in Nanjing.
In one of 16 gold medals up for grabs on the fifth day of competition in China, Lee fired a final round of 65 at the Zhongshan International Golf Club to take the title.
The sport of trampolining has been a fan favourite in Nanjing and China’s Zhu Xueying brought the crowd to its feet by winning gold in the women’s event.
Zhu brought her routine to an end with a terrific full-twisting double layout somersault that earned the highest difficulty and execution scores of the final.
In the spirit of fostering friendships and creating harmony, one of the shooting events at the Youth Olympic Games features mixed international teams where athletes from different countries pair up to shoot for gold. However, those efforts to promote peace and understanding may have backfired after Ukrainian shooter Polina Konarieva overslept and did not arrive in time for the quarterfinals, leaving Moldovan teammate Ion Aric distraught.
Joy was the only emotion for Sara Ahmed, who claimed gold, Egypt’s first of the Games, in the women’s 63kg weightlifting competition with a total of 228kg.
Herald staff with agencies