Indian woman archer Seema Verma lost 1-3 to Zoe Gobbels of Belgium in the pre-quarterfinals of the archery individual event in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games here on Friday.
Archery was the only event in which an Indian participated on the sixth day of the Games on Friday and it turned out to be a disappointing affair for Seema, who could manage just one score of 10, against Gobbels' four 10s. Seema had defeated Sorsa Tanja of Finland 6-0 in the 1/16 elimination round.
Kwak Ye Ji of Korea won the gold, while Chinese Taipei's Tan Ya-Ting bagged the silver medal at Kallang field here. India have so far won two silver and a bronze medal and are assured of another silver with Yuki Bhambri reaching the final in tennis.
Wrestler Pooja Dhanda had bagged a silver in women's 60kg freestyle while Kadian Satyawart fetched a bronze in men's 100kg freestyle. HS Prannoy settled for a silver in the badminton event on Thursday.
Footballers give ravaged Haiti hope
Haiti has made it to the semifinals of the football tournament at the Youth Olympics. Haiti, which was severely damaged by an earthquake in January, had looked like making an early exit from the tournament after losing its opening game 9-0, but came from a goal down to beat Vanuatu 2-1 on Friday.
Its semifinal opponents will be Singapore, who beat Macedonia 3-2. The head of Haiti's games delegation, Fritz Gerald Wong, said the win was “more than a victory”, and brought happiness to a team which is still traumatised by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince which left around 300,000 dead.
Daley to participate despite injury
British diver Tom Daley will participate in the Youth Olympics despite suffering a tricep injury at the European Championships. Daley, who became the youngest diver at 15 to win a world title in men’s platform earlier this year, withdrew from the Europeans on Saturday and said he might not participate in the inaugural Youth Games.
But the British Olympic Association said Friday that Daley would participate in the 3-metre springboard competition on Sunday. He, however, withdrew from the 10-meter platform competition as a preacution as he still is recovering from injury.