Youth Olympic Games
After a dazzling inaugural edition staged by Singapore in 2010, Nanjing (CHN) successfully hosted 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 DV Qual Event, Day 2: Olympic hopefuls leave strong impression
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.
YOG DV Qual Event, Day 1: China and Mexico dominate in Guadalajara
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.
YOG Singapore 2010: Closing Ceremony highlights success of the Games
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.”
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 11: Aquatics programme closes with last gold for China in diving
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).
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 10: Rain is no pain for unstoppable Jiao Liu (CHN)
It was theoretically not an easy final for Jiao Liu. The Chinese star had won the 10m platform in Day 1 of the diving programme at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex of these Youth Olympic Games, and surely wanted to demonstrate that she was the best female diver of the competition by triumphing also in the 3m springboard. Then, came the natural elements, a pouring rain during the final’s time, which is always something that disturbs in a variable extent the athletes. Finally, Liu was under the direct scrutiny of her compatriot and best female diver of history, China’s Jingjing Guo, witnessing the competition from the stands.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 9: Bo Qiu earns second gold for China, Tom Daley (GBR) finishes ninth
The second event of the diving programme of the Youth Olympic Games – the men’s 3m springboard – created an enormous expectation from the moment it was announced that Tom Daley, from Great Britain, would be one of the participating athletes. Daley, 16, and 2009 world champion in 10m platform, has an injury in the right triceps muscle and decided to skip his pet event, favouring a less-demanding (from a physical point of view) 3m springboard. Adding to this last-minute change, Bo Qiu (from China), silver medallist behind Daley in the Italian capital, was also in the list of 15 boys contesting the preliminaries of the event.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 8: Jiao Liu (CHN) wins first diving event and local hero Myra Lee gives a lesson of courage
China’s Jiao Liu was the first diving winner of these Youth Olympic Games, by earning the gold in the women’s 10m platform, at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, in a spectacular outdoor (and night) action, on this Saturday. Liu started to construct her brilliant victory in the preliminaries of the event, when she finished first, and carried forward to the final the second best points of the heats – the final result of the divers comprised the marks of the four dives with limited DD (Degree of Difficulty) from the heats, with the four dives of the final (without limit of DD).
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 7: Hungary, China and France shine in the last session of the Swimming programme
No less than 16 nations medalled in the sixth and last session of the Youth Olympic Games, being held in Singapore. Throughout the nine finals of this Friday, witnessed by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, three countries were, nevertheless in evidence, at the pool of the Singapore Sports School: China and Hungary, with three gold medals each, and France, with two swimmers winning a race. Australia and Croatia were the remaining winners of the session, which had two shared gold medals, precisely in the first and fastest event on the programme, the women’s 50m free.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 6: Limited action in the pool, but a universe of challenges worldwide
It was certainly not on purpose, but having only three finals in the fifth session of the Swimming programme at these Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, almost obliges who is reporting the event to look outside of the eight lanes of a swimming pool. For the records, there was the final of the 50m butterfly, won by Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov in 23.64 (he had also won the 50m free); there was also the decisive race in the women’s 50m backstroke, where France got the first gold of the competition by Mathilde Cini (29.19); and, finally, China earned its eighth title of these Games by triumphing in the women’s 4x100m free relay. These are the “hard” performances, before the last nine finals on the programme, scheduled for this Friday.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 5: Seven finals, 13 countries on the podium, six medals for Australia
“Variety” was the key-concept of the fourth session of finals at the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Singapore. Throughout the seven finals contested, no less than 13 nations earned medals in the pool of the Sports School; two of them – Singapore and Kuwait (competing in these Games under the IOC flag) – were on a swimming Olympic podium for the first time; Australia was the most prolific country, with no less than six awards (one gold, two silver and three bronze) in this session; China, with two gold, comfortably reinforced the lead of the medal chart; Italy won the first race of these Games; to complete the scenario, the many spectators and young students that filled the stands of the venue were even awarded with a shared medal (bronze) in the men’s 50m backstroke.
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