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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: Egypt's Ahmed 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 Akram Ahmed 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: China and Russia down world junior records

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Ippei Watanabe (JPN) right after his Golden 200m breast finish - credit: Xinhua/Fei MaohuaPlenty of notable swims and six 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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Nanjing 2014: 5 questions to YOG ambassador Chad Le Clos

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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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YOG DV Qual Event, Day 2: Olympic hopefuls leave strong impression

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The future of diving bodes well. That's what demonstrated the young talents, and stars of tomorrow, who took part in the FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014, held in Guadalajara (MEX) from March 1-2.

Mexico grabbed another gold, thanks to 2013 Pan American Junior champions Dolores Hernandez in the women's 3m springboard and Andres Villarreal in the men's 10m platform.

Thousands of spectators filled the stands of the Guadalajara Pan American Aquatics Complex for the two-day event, to applaud the performances of local hopes and rising talents from 21 countries.

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YOG DV Qual Event, Day 1: China and Mexico dominate in Guadalajara

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The fresh faces of diving gathered in Guadalajara (MEX) for the FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the Youth Olympic Games, which will be organised in Nanjing (CHN) from August 16-28, 2014, revealing to the world diving's next generation of stars.

Diving powerhouses China and Mexico dominated the first day of competition, where the competitors showed their talent to earn a spot for their respective country at the upcoming Nanjing YOG but also leaving an impression for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Guadalajara.


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YOG Singapore 2010: Closing Ceremony highlights success of the Games

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The Closing Ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games brought a spectacular and emotional end to 12 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities in Singapore on August 26, 2010. While addressing to the athletes, the IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “You thrilled us with your splendid performances. But, more than that, you inspired us with your enthusiasm, your spirit and the sheer joy you brought to the task of competing, learning and living with fellow athletes from around the world. You have learnt what it means to be a true champion, not simply a winner. You have shown us that a new generation is ready to embrace and share Olympic values.”

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YOG Singapore 2010, Day 11: Aquatics programme closes with last gold for China in diving

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China closed the Aquatics programme of these Youth Olympic Games with the gold of Bo Qiu in the men’s 10m platform. If we consider Swimming and Diving (the only FINA disciplines represented in the competition), it was China’s 15th gold, after earning 11 titles in the pool (out of 34 races at the Singapore Sports School) and all the four events contested in Diving (at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex). Following his triumph in the men’s 3m springboard (China brought the same athletes for the 3m springboard and 10m platform: among men, Bo Qiu, and in the women’s field, Jiao Liu, also victorious on two occasions), Qiu got an easy win in the 10m platform, concluding first with a total of 673.50. The final was marked by a 20-minute break due to a malfunctioning in the lighting towers (between the fourth and fifth round of dives).

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