Nanjing 2014, Ruta Meilutyte: "I'm here to inspire young athletes"
As 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."
YOG 2014: Youngsters ready to shine in Nanjing
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.