India won their second medal in the inaugural Youth Olympics here on Tuesday with wrestler Satywart Kadian bagging bronze in the men’s freestyle 100kg event.
Kadian defeated Geno Petriashvili of Georgia 3-1. Teammate Pooja Dhanda had won a silver in women’s freestyle 60kg wrestling event on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Kadian started badly, losing to Cuban Abraham De Jesus Conyedo Ruano 0-3 in his first group match. The Indian came back to beat Parmvir Dhesi of Canada 3-0 and Andries Schuttl of South Africa 3-1 to finish second in Group B and book a place for the bronze medal match.
Ali Magomedabirov of Azerbaizan won the gold beating Jesus Conyedo Ruano 3-0.
In badminton, Sunil Kumar Prannoy continued his good run and entered the semifinals of boys singles.
The Indian shuttler defeated Tse-Feng Hsieh of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 18-21, 24-22 in a nail-biting quarterfinal. He now faces J. Kang of Korea.
Another medal hope, Yuki Bhambri, beat Chi-Lian Huang of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of boys singles to reach the tennis singles quarterfinals. He now meets John Morrissey of Ireland.
Meanwhile it was a mixed day for India in athletics.
Arjun qualified for boys discus throw final by finishing first in the qualification with a personal best throw of 63.9m.
Indrajeet Patel finished ninth in boys 3000m qualification round with 8:15.02sec and failed to qualify for the final.
In rowing, Yasin Khan and Gurpreet Singh finished fifth in the junior men’s pair semifinals while Thomas Nimmy and Deo Mitali Sekhar came sixth in junior women’s pair semifinal.
China win five gold
Bai Anqi helped China earn five gold medals on Tuesday, winning the 200-metre backstroke for her second medal of the Games.
The “White Angel,” who previously won a silver medal in Singapore, won one of the five gold that China claimed in swimming, weightlifting and fencing.
Russia, which won three gold and one silver on Tuesday, leads the table with 15 medals, including seven gold. China is next with 14 medals, including nine gold. The United States have only one gold medal so far, settling for silver in girl’s swimming, boy’s wrestling and boy’s fencing. Bai overtook Kaitlyn Jones from the United States just before the final turn of the 200 backstroke and held on for victory in a time of 2 minutes, 11.46 seconds.
Jones, who won the 200 individual medley on Sunday, faded on the final lap but was able to hold off a late push by Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine to win silver.
A first for the Liberians
Liberian swimmers Sima Weah and Mika-Jah Teah managed an unusual first on Tuesday. Competing in the 50 freestyle heat, they both acknowledged this was the first time they had raced in a pool. Until now, they had trained in a river near the capital Monrovia, forced to dodge crabs and kismet fish.
They finished 24 seconds behind the fastest qualifiers, but coach Steven Weah said he was happy they had traveled to the games to compete.
“I am proud of them because this is their first appearance in international competition,” he told the Youth Olympics news service, adding there are no pools for them to train in Liberia. Princess Stephanie of Monaco, who is in Singapore to support her daughter in the 3-meter springboard competition, said the appearance of countries like Liberia is one of the benefits of this Youth Olympics.
“I think it is a very good idea because it gives kids the chance to have an Olympics,” she told the news service. “Some of these small countries won’t make it (to the main Olympic Games) because the qualifying is so hard. They can say that they were in the Olympic Games.”
Watching 16-year-old daughter Pauline Ducruet train Tuesday, Stephanie said she was playing the role of a “good old mum.”