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Whyte and Kwemoi Soet maintain golden traditions on the track

Natalliah Whyte storms to the gold medal in the women's 200m Whyte, who won the women’s 200m gold in 23.55 seconds, stood underneath the huge TV screen at the finish line and struggled to find the words to describe the images she was seeing. "I'm overwhelmed," she said. Show More Summary

Tears of joy as show jumper Fraser takes gold

New Zealand's Emily Fraser (centre) is flanked by silver medallist Martina Campi (left) and third-placed Jake Hunter, from Australia “I just hugged my horse, I was so excited, and I burst into tears,” said the ecstatic young Kiwi. “I’ve...Show More Summary

Moreno and Li overcome hurdles to win archery mixed team gold

He reached the venue just in the nick of time but then realised there was a clear language barrier between him and his Chinese partner Li Jiaman. However the pair quickly established a common language to secure a magnificent victory,...Show More Summary

Belarusians lead canoe-kayak medal charge on Day 8

Kamila Bobr took gold in the women’s C1, while team-mate Stanislau Daineka finished first in the men’s K1. In the day’s other two events, Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi won gold in the men’s C1, while Inna Nikitina finished first for Russia...Show More Summary

Xu wins battles of nerves to claim gold in women's singles tennis

Local hero: China’s Xu Shilin handled the pressure to win gold Xu, the junior world number 13, beat her opponent, who is ranked 12th in the world, in straight sets (6-3, 6-1), after the final was delayed for an hour due to heavy rain. “It was really tough because it took so long to get on the court,” said Shymanovich said. Show More Summary

Czechs find winning formula as cycling breaks new ground

The main men’s and women’s events had pitted mountain bikers against road racers, and seen time trialists adapt their skills to BMX. And the two-wheeled experimentation came to an exciting conclusion on 24 August with a new format mixed...Show More Summary

Sharp shooting Lifanov seals modern pentathlon gold

The 18-year-old entered the final event – the combined run and shoot – in fourth place and 16 seconds off the lead. By the end of the first 25 metres of running and first round of shooting, he found himself tied for first place withShow More Summary

Nuno Merino: YOG athletes, just enjoy the show!

Q: Nuno, can you tell us about your role as Athlete Role Model here in Nanjing and what are your first impressions of the YOG? Nuno: I have been extremely excited about this for a while. This is my first opportunity as a former athlete to talk with the athletes outside the Trampoline arena and to help them with different kinds of things. Show More Summary

Wu factor at the Natatorium as Chinese diver wins gold

Everyone deals with nerves in their own way, but Chinese diving sensation Wu Shengping showed she has a particularly effective method, as she swooped to gold in the women’s 10m platform diving on 23 August. “I didn’t feel any pressure while diving. Show More Summary

Martirosyan dazzles crowd on his way to weightlifting gold

From the outset, Martirosyan set a pace that nobody had a chance of matching. Before competition starts, contestants must state the minimum amount they want on the barbell for their first lift in both the snatch and the clean and jerk,...Show More Summary

Majchrzak pulls off another shock to win tennis gold

Poland's Kamil Adrian Majchrzak admitted even he was shocked by his gold medal win in the men's tennis singles on 23 August as he added to his reputation as a giant-killer in Nanjing. Having knocked the International Tennis Federation's...Show More Summary

China takes team gold to complete table tennis sweep

Women’s singles gold medallist Liu Gaoyang made light work of Miyu Kato (JPN) before men’s singles winner Fan Zhendong overcame Yuto Muramatsu (JPN) to render a third match unnecessary. “I’m not feeling well so I didn’t perform well in my singles match and lost it,” Kato said. Show More Summary

Martin Manley claims 400m gold medal

“I’m happy to end my season with a bang,” he said. “What do I put my success down to? Training. I love training. I’m a hard-working athlete. Everything in track and field is hard, and training is the hardest part. But the easy part is...Show More Summary

Zhong posts strong finish to grab modern pentathlon gold

Zhong was persuaded to take up the sport at the age of eight when she was a promising swimmer. It was good advice. On Saturday at the Natatorium, she finished 17th out of the 23 athletes left in the competition. If swimming is now her...Show More Summary

Baby banishes her blues as hosts scoop four athletics golds

The 17-year-old failed to reach the long jump final at the 2013 World Junior Championships on home soil in Donetsk but on 23 August in Nanjing she set a new personal best of 6.26 metres – an improvement of 10cm – to claim gold. “It’s...Show More Summary

Russians, Chinese and Britons boss big night of gymnastics

Having already claimed gold in the men's all around final, Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR) won gold in the men's floor exercise, with a score of 14.766, ahead of Kenya Yuasa (JPN) on 14.133 and Lim Myongwoo (KOR) on 13.766. “My Olympic journey, coming here to get two gold medals, has been unreal. Show More Summary

Schmidt wins New Zealand’s first Olympic medal in trampoline

The Kiwi posted a final score of 57.340 to beat Liu Changxin (CHN) by a margin of 0.405 points.“It’s pretty cool,” said the 17-year-old. “There aren’t really words to describe how I’m feeling right now. It’s pretty crazy. Honestly IShow More Summary

Scotch with Ice: Hilmar Mcshane's unusual football journey

Mcshane is competing at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games as a centre-forward for Iceland. His father Paul was released as a young player by Scottish side Glasgow Rangers, and went on to sign for Fram Reykjavik in Iceland 16 years ago. “He got an Icelandic girlfriend and then I came along,” explains Mcshane. Show More Summary

Chinese judoka lands training session with Olympian Lucie Décosse

The three athlete role models in attendance at the Youth Olympic Village, Decosse, Heather Moyse (CAN) and Patrick Murphy (AUS), had just opened the floor for questions, when Liu cut to the chase. “Is there going to be an opportunity to teach me how to play judo? Can we do that?” Liu asked. Show More Summary

Nanjing 2014 embraced by the nation

Attended by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Opening Ceremony was a sold-out event for the host city while across China the festivities were enjoyed by 200m viewers via CCTV, the host broadcaster. The...Show More Summary

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