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Buenos Aires 2018 - Day 10 Wrap

17 October 2018

BUENOS AIRES 2018: Basketball quarters, Boxing semis and finalising the Athletics and Modern Pentathlon campaigns.

Australia’s 3x3 Basketballers are through to the semi-finals after a commanding 16-6 win against Ukraine.

The team, who have only been playing together for a matter of weeks, have revelled in their underdog tag to make it to the final 4 at the Youth Olympics.

Find out more about how the young stars run to the finals here [LINK] and catch them taking on France in the semi-finals at 1pm Thursday AEDT, live at www.olympics.com.au/live-stream.

Women's Lightweight (57-60kg) Boxer Emma Lawson lost her semi-final bout on points to Thailand's Porntip Buapa at the Youth Olympic Park. 

In a tightly contested fight in front of a packed boxing stadium, the judges scored the bout unanimously to the 17-year-old Thai.

Emma will be back in the ring to box for bronze against Argentina's Oriana Saputo on Thursday, in front of what promises to be a raucous local crowd.

400m hurdler Thomas Throssell wrapped up the Australian athletics team’s BA2018 campaign, finishing 6th in today’s stage 2 race in 53.27 to finish 7th overall.

“This has been a mindblowing experience. To compete with and live amongst these guys is incredible. To be able to interact with people from all over the world who do the same things we do is just amazing," Throssell said.

“The last race I was focusing on everyone else, today I just focused on myself and executed my race exactly how I wanted.

“This Aussie athletics team is a small team but so tight, I’m so glad to be here competing with them.”

The athletics campaign netted a gold and four silver medals in a phenomenal team performance.

Keaan van Venrooij and Nikita Mawhirt completed their mixed international Modern Pentathlon event today, with van Venrooij paired with Guatemala’s Ana Aragon Ortiz finishing 14th and Mawhirt racing with Portugal’s Eduardo Oliveira crossing in 19th.

Van Venrooij was happy to improve his performance from his individual performance earlier this week.

“It was definitely a step up from my individual event, I’m very happy with that,” he said. “I think we had a lot more fun, it was great to have someone there to support you and we did the best for each other.

“The YOG experience has been unreal. The atmosphere is something I can’t explain. I’ve had a taste of the Olympic experience now, I want to push towards another."

Nikita also enjoyed the team event’s unique format, particularly after being paired with a close friend.

“I love relays and the team events,” Mawhirt said. “I’m so lucky, I was drawn to race with Eduardo who I’ve met before and stayed with in Portugal when I was racing earlier this year.

“He’s like my Portuguese family and we got drawn together out of a hat, a really lucky coincidence and special to be able to share this memory with a friend.”

Follow along all the action live at olympics.com.au/live-stream

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