New Zealand earned their first medal of the Youth Olympics when Aaron Barclay won the gold Monday in men's triathlon. Barclay won the race — a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometre run— in 54 minutes, 41 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of Kevin McDowell of the United States and 23 seconds better than Alois Knable of Australia.
Barclay claimed victory in front of his parents, grandparents and Hamish Carter, who won the gold for New Zealand at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
In an unofficial medal tally, Russia leads with 11, followed by China with eight and the United States and Italy with five each after the second day.
It's been an event of firsts for several countries. Vietnam hoisted their first Olympic gold medal ever on Sunday as weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan powered to victory in the men's 56-kilogram division. The 16-year-old Thach edged Xie Jiawu of China in the combined clean and jerk and snatch competition.
Vietnam had previously won silver in women's taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and in men's weightlifting in Beijing in 2008.
Tuvalu, a Pacific island nation of 12,000 people, made their Olympic badminton debut at the Youth Games as Tiaese Tapumanaia lost 21-1, 21-4 to Chiang Mei-hui of Taiwan on Monday. Tuvalu was only recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2007 and found out they could compete in Singapore earlier this month, team manager Tioti Toafa said.
Haiti's boys football team lost its first match 9-0 to Bolivia on Monday as Rodrigo Medjido scored four goals. The Haitians only practiced for six weeks before the games as a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January that killed at least 200,000 people damaged many of their homeland's sports facilities.
Politics threatened to overshadow the games after an Iranian athlete cited injury before withdrawing from the boys taekwondo final against an Israeli athlete late Sunday.
The Iranian delegation said Mohammad Soleimani aggravated an injury and was taken to a hospital.
Israeli officials said they expected Iran to refuse to compete and that the withdrawal was politically motivated.