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Buenos Aires 2018 - Day 8 Daily Wrap

15 October 2018

BUENOS AIRES 2018:Australia has claimed a gold and four silver medals today at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, led by flagbearer Keely Small’s gold in the 800m.

In a great day at the athletics track, Small won gold in the 800m while Sophie White and Oscar Miers won silver in the 100m hurdles and high jump respectively. Read more about their medal winning efforts here

Sally Shokry improved on her stage 1 effort of 44.56, throwing 46.79 to finish 10th overall in combined score. Keegan Bell took more than half a second off his stage 1 time in the 400m, with his 49.05 enough to finish 9th overall.

Trampolinists Jess Pickering and Liam Christie both competed in their finals, with Pickering adding a silver medal to the Aussie medal tally and Christie finishing seventh in a world class field.

Jess’s silver was the first trampoline medal Australia has won at a Youth Olympic Games. Read the full wrap here.

Australia’s sole tennis representative Rinky Hijikata won silver in the men’s doubles alongside his Bulgarian partner Adrian Andreev.

Hijikata and Andreev took Facundo Diaz Acosta (YOG silver medallist) and Sebastian Baez (2nd in Junior World Rankings) of Argentina on the centre court in front of a fully-packed, screaming Argentinian home crowd.

While the away-team put up a good fight, the Argentinians took the two set victory after 66 minutes of play time, 6-4, 6-4.

“Going into the match I was pretty excited to play on the show court. I’ve been watching the Argentinians play on there all week and I wanted a crack because the atmosphere is just amazing. The locals do a great job and getting behind their players,” Hijikata said.

“It was a great experience today, not the result we wanted, but I think this will hold us in good stead for the future.” Read the full match report here.

Our 3x3 basketballers suffered their first loss of the competition to a dominant Spanish side 12-7, but bounced back to take a close win against Estonia 19-15 and progress to the finals. Read the full recap here.

Matthew Carter qualified for the men’s 3m Springboard diving final in third place, on a total score of 525.45. He finished fourth in the final with a total of 543.25, with his best dive being a 79.95 for a somersaults 3 twists at 3.9 difficulty.

Wrestler Thomas Barnes was fighting above his weight, going up against wrestlers with more than 10kg size advantage. After tough losses against Iran’s Amir Zare and Egypt’s Khalil Ahmed, Barnes finished his campaign with a strong 10-0 win over Moldova’s Dragan Melinov to finish in 5th overall in his 110kg classification.

Day 8 marked the end of a fantastic run from Beach Volleyball duo James Takken and Mark Nicolaidis. The pair came up against English twins Javier and Joaquin Bello and went down in two sets 21-16, 21-17.

The two teams first met on the court at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games, where Great Britain had taken the easy win. Takken said it was great to see how much they had improved and were able to give the Brits a run for their money in Argentina.

“Our game has come along leaps and bounds since that competition, we’ve obviously matured physically and emotionally on court and it’s definitely a big improvement from last year,” he said about meeting the Bello twins again.

“The Olympic experience and atmosphere has taught us how to be a professional in these multi-sport events and how to go about business in the right way while still having fun. I think it was a massive learning experience for us and also getting exposed to some very high level beach volleyball was a very good opportunity.”

Jai Ropata Dennis met Egypt’s Ahmed Elsawy in his first boxing bout today, going down to the heavier Egyptian, with the referee stopping the contest in the first round. Dennis will look to bounce back in tomorrow’s bout against Russia’s Aleksei Dronov to progress through preliminary rounds.

Modern Pentathlete Keaan van Venrooij finished in 24th after his fencing and laser-run legs today. After commencing his competition with a strong swim result (8th), van Venrooij couldn’t maintain his position, finishing 24th in fencing and 23rd in the laser run.

The Hockey 5’s teams rounded out their campaigns in contrasting fashion. Despite leading 4-0, the men’s team were pegged back to finish 4-4 with Poland in their 5th place playoff, going down in a tense penalty shootout to finish 6th. The women’s team held Austria scoreless, running out 3-0 victors to claim 5th overall.

Grace Kim and Karl Vilips moved up the leaderboard to sit tied for 8th in the golf team strokeplay. Sitting four shots outside the medals, the individual gold medal winners will need to make a big move in tomorrow’s final round to repeat their individual success.


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