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YOG BA 2018: Lin gives China first diving title

Lin Shan, from China, won the first event of the Diving competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, by imposing her superiority in the final of the women’s 10m platform. Already first after the morning preliminaries, Lin (17 years old) finished the four-dive final with 466.50 points, well ahead of Ukraine’s Sofiia Lyskun (silver in 406.10) and of Mexico’s Gabriela Agundes Garcia (bronze in 405.55). 

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14Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Magic number in swimming, 33

After six days of competition, 36 finals and almost 400 athletes in the pool, the swimming events are now over at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. In the Argentinean capital, many National Federations saw their best junior athletes shine at the highest level. The best possible proof of this accomplishment is the medal chart of the competition, where no less than 33 nations had at least one podium presence at these Games.

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13Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Two superstars lead Russia to the top

Russia, Kliment Kolesnikov and Andrei Minakov concluded in a brilliant way the swimming competition at the third Youth Olympic Games, being held in Buenos Aires (ARG), until October 18. In the final session at the Natatorium, the Europeans earned three more gold, leading the medal chart with 13 victories in the Argentinean capital. From this amount, Kliment Kolesnikov and Andrei Minakov were the athletes to beat, both with six wins in the competition. Their last two successes were obtained in the men’s 200m back and 100m free, respectively. 

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13Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Inspiring and safeguarding Aquatics’ talents

Two major swimming stars were happy to share their experiences at the IF Focus Day, organised in the Athletes’ Village at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG). Thiago Pereira, from Brazil, and Mireia Belmonte, from Spain, were invited to join the initiative, devoted, this Friday, to Aquatics. Three presentations were made to the athletes, coaches and officials present in the assistance: “Safeguarding in Social Media”, “Improvement of your Sport performance”, and “FINA Activities and Development Programme”. 

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12Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Vietnam is the 30th nation on the podium

The fifth and penultimate day of the swimming competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG) was marked by the entry of the 30th nation in the medal chart – a new record -, and by the confirmation of the Russian supremacy in the competition. Thanks to the effort of Andrei Minakov and of the women’s quartet in the 4x100m free, the Europeans have now 10 gold medals in the swimming events at these Games. 

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12Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Kolesnikov continues collecting gold

Kliment Kolesnikov, from Russia, definitively became one of the heroes of the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG), by earning his fourth and fifth gold of the competition, this time in the men’s 50m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay. After previous wins in the 100m back, 4x100m free and mixed 4x100m free relay, the 18-year-old clocked 24.46 in his pet event (he is the World Record holder in this distance, with a 24.00 effort at the last European Championships), keeping his most direct challengers at a safe distance.

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11Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Variety and legacy on the programme

At the end of the fourth swimming competition day at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG), no less than 29 countries have already collected at least one medal in the event. This equals the mark obtained in 2014 (in 2010, there were 27 nations), but with two more finals’ sessions to go, the mark of 30 can be reached. Whatever the outcome, those numbers are already above the average statistic at the elite Olympic Games, or even the number of National Federations with medals at the FINA World Championships.

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11Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Pignatiello’s tears touch the entire country

The third day of the swimming competition at the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Buenos Aires (ARG), started with a thrilling atmosphere at the Natatorium, with the final of the women’s 800m free. Two Argentinean swimmers were present in the decisive race, and the entire nation – represented by packed stands and many dozens of journalists in the mixed zone – was expecting a gold for the local hero, Delfina Pignatiello.

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10Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Triple double on swimming Day 2

China, Hungary and Russia had good reasons to celebrate during the second day of swimming finals at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG). The three nations managed to earn two gold medals each, in a session highlighted by eight finals – the remaining two titles going to Lithuania and Norway.

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09Oct2018

YOG BA 2018: Gorbenko, a golden milestone for Israel

At just 15, Anastasia Gorbenko gave to Israel its first international swimming title at this level. At the elite Olympic Games or at the FINA World Championships, the country has no medals so far, while two athletes have shone at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). This was even before Anastasia was born: in 2000, in Athens (GRE), Michael Halika got the bronze in the men’s 400m IM, while two years later, in Moscow (RUS), Vered Borochovski was also third in the women’s 50m fly.

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09Oct2018

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