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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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