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After a dazzling inaugural edition staged by Singapore in 2010, Nanjing (CHN) will host the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games from August 16-28, 2014.

With diving and swimming events on the programme, the YOG gather the best athletes aged 14 to 18 years old from more than 200 National Olympic Committees to celebrate the values of sport, cultural exchange and education.


YOG Nanjing 2014: Golden splash for Yang Hao in men's 3m springboard

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The next generation of world-class springboard divers delivered nice performances tonight in the men's 3m springboard final on Day 2 of the Youth Olympic diving programme at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium.

The event brought its lot of suspense as three divers representing Canada, Germany and Ukraine were vying for third spot. China's Yang Hao dominated the operations to top the event with a grueling 613.80 while Mexico's Rodrigo Lopez excelled to bag silver, scoring a remarkable 593.65. Canadian Philippe Gagne presented the most difficult programme and his risks paid off as he happily received the bronze around his neck with a final score of 566.75.


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YOG Nanjing 2014: China's Wu Shengping scoops 10m platform gold

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The evening's biggest reception was for top qualifier Wu Shengping of China, who claimed victory in the girls' 10m platform on Day 1 of the Youth Olympics diving competition at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium. 

The local hope (she's from the Jiangsu province of Nanjing) delighted the home crowd in what was her first international appearance, amassing a total 526.20. Wu, who turned 18 two days ago, recorded her best score on her second dive, an Inward 3.5 Somersault, Tucked, earning six 9.0's and one 9.5 from the judges.

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China's diving great Wu Minxia reminds to "never give up on dream" in Nanjing

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Olympic and world champion Wu Minxia of China is in Nanjing to meet and take part in YOG activities with diving hopefuls. We met the Athlete Role Model at the divers' training area within the Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium where she talked in the most genuine way about diving and future plans, in between two stretching sessions.

"To be named Athlete Role Model at these Youth Olympics is a confirmation of all the efforts for being in the sport for so long. It is to take on this responsibility to pass on the good spirit of sport to younger generations."

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YOG Nanjing 2014: Brazil's sensation Santana downs own mark in men's 100m free

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Matheus de Santana (BRA) finding out his new best time in 100m free - credit: Xinhua/Fei MaohuaNanjing proved a place of joy for the talented youth swimmers that took part in the 34 events on the competition programme from August 17-22, 2014 at the Olympic Sports Complex. A total 20 new world junior records were set, 16 in individual and four in relay events.

Three new countries climbed the podium tonight: Croatia, Korea and Thailand, bringing to 29 the total of nations whose swimmers earned a youth Olympic medal. Host China topped the medals table with 17 awards (10 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze). Only two nations, China and Russia, celebrated double youth Olympic champions in both men's and women's events: Shen Duo and Yu Hexin, and Rozaliya Nasretdinova and Evgeny Rylov. Hungary, Lithuania and the USA had young hopefuls accomplishing the same feat among girls: Liliana Szilagyi, Ruta Meilutyte and Hannah Moore, respectively.

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YOG Nanjing 2014: Egypt's Akram cruises to victory in 800m free

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Akram Ahmed from Egypt right after his first ever YOG Gold Medal in 800m free - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINAThe evening's nicest discovery came in the men's 800m freestyle, new on the Youth Olympics swimming programme. Cairo-native Ahmed Akram topped the event in 7:54.29, claiming Egypt's first medal in the competition, moreover gold.

"This race was awesome, the second half was absolutely amazing! My strategy was to stay behind [leader Polish Jacek Wojdak] for the whole race and catch up in the last 200m."

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YOG Nanjing 2014: Watanabe clinches first medal for Japan in men's 200m breast

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Ippei Watanabe (JPN) right after his Golden 200m breast finish - credit: Xinhua/Fei MaohuaPlenty of notable swims and new world junior records went up on the scoreboard tonight on Day 4 of the swimming competition at Nanjing's Olympic sports complex, witnessed by IOC President Thomas Bach and South African swimming star Chad Le Clos in the stands.

Swimmers from five new countries - Greece, Japan, Slovenia, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago - climbed the podium, bringing to 25 the total of nations to have medalled in swimming so far at this second summer Youth Olympic Games edition.

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5 questions to YOG ambassador Chad Le Clos (RSA)

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5 questions to Chad Le Clos (RSA) - FINA is also on Instagram @fina1908, join us!South Africa's Olympic champion Chad Le Clos is in Nanjing today, August 20, to fulfill his role as Youth Olympic Games ambassador.

On the eve of flying to Doha for the inaugural FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup leg on August 27, the 22-year-old swimming sensation and coach Graham Hill boosted the spirit of a dozen young swimmers with a masterclass at the competition pool, sharing training and racing tips. For 30 minutes, gleaming eyes and broad smiles could be seen on the young swimmers' faces; it is a day many will have long-lasting memories of.

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YOG Nanjing 2014, Ruta Meilutyte: "I'm here to inspire young athletes"

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.comAs the world's rising talents showed their best and experienced the taste of victory for the first time at this level on Day 3 of the Youth Olympic Games swimming competition, one remarkable athlete went almost unnoticed at Nanjing's natatorium.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the youngest Olympic champion ever in the 100m breaststroke at 15 in London two years ago, finds more than one reason to be here: "I've never been to a Youth Olympics before. It's great to be able to inspire young athletes and I'm here to enjoy the experience."

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YOG 2014: Youngsters ready to shine in Nanjing

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A pool of young talents is gearing up for the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in China’s “Southern capital” on August 16-28, 2014. After a dazzling inaugural edition in Singapore in 2010, which saw South African Chad Le Clos (swimming) and Chinese Qiu Bo (diving) start making their mark in the world arena, the 2012 Olympic medallists are inspiration for the youth, who them to, hope to leave a strong impression in the pool and beyond.        

The world’s up-and-coming elite aged 14-18 will compete in 28 sports, including swimming and diving. Nanjing 2014 will feature two new sports, golf and rugby, ahead of their debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Counting fewer events and disciplines, the YOG competition programme comprises 5% of non-Olympic, mixed-gender or mixed-NOC events.

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Patrick Murphy to make a splash at Youth Olympic Games

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Two-time Olympic swimmer Patrick Murphy (AUS) has been appointed an Athlete Role Model (ARM) for the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, joining the impressive line-up of 38 fellow sporting legends who will offer support, mentoring and advice to the 3,800 young participating athletes.
 
Representing all 28 sports on the Olympic programme, the ARMs will also take part in workshops and educational activities with the young athletes, covering topics such as anti-doping, nutrition, environmental protection, injury prevention, and irregular and illegal betting, to name a few.

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