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Nanjing Daily: Youngsters finding feet in elite competition

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Team Singapore had an exciting second day at the 2014 Youth Olympics Games with athletes posting great results and some getting a taste of what it was like to come up against the best at the youth level.

Gymnast Nadine Joy Nathan created some memorable moments as she advanced to the Finals of the Artistic Individual All Around event with a score of 49.325. Nadine was placed 14th out of the 40 gymnasts. Over in athletics, Team Singapore triathlete Bryce Chong did not manage to attain a medal finish in the Men’s Triathlon’s Finals. However he did achieve a personal best with a timing of 59 minutes 53 seconds. 


Team Singapore Gymnast Nadine Joy Nathan created some memorable moments as she advanced to the Finals of the Artistic Individual All Around event. (Photo by Sport Singapore)

In sailing, Team Singapore sailor Samantha Yom attained a second place finish in the first race of the One Person Dinghy and a fifth place finish in the second race. These wins earned her a place on the podium as she sits in second place in the overall scores. 

Samantha Yom

Team Singapore sailor Samantha Yom. (Photo by Singapore Sailing Federation)

However, sailor Bernie Chin struggled in the waters as he came in 22nd place for the One Person Dinghy first race before pulling out of the next race.

On the windsurfing front, Ynez Lim Si Ying had troubles with the first race, finishing in 19th place, but she powered back in the next two races to finish in 9th and 11th respectively before eventually taking 13th place out of the overall fleet.

Shuttler Liang Xiao Yu was dealt a double blow as she suffered defeats in two events. In the Women’s Singles Group Stage Round 2, despite putting up a gallant fight, Liang lost in consecutive sets to Kim Gaeun of Korea 15-21, 16-21.

There was to be no respite for her in the second round of Mixed Doubles’ as well, as Liang and her partner Dragoslav Petrovic (Serbia) lost out to Lu Chia-Hung (Taipei) and Lee Ying Ying (Malaysia) 2-1. The duo had lost the first set 18-21 before recovering in the second to take it with a score of 21-17 Unfortunately they were unable to maintain the momentum and lost the penultimate set 7-21.

Liang’s compatriot Bernard Ong was similarly disposed of in the second round of Mixed Doubles, as he and teammate Hendahewa Promodika were saw off in two straight sets (14-21, 19-21) by China’s He BingJiao and Angoda Vidanalage. 

Team Singapore shuttler Bernard Ong. (Photo by Sport Singapore)

Over at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium, Nur Marina Chan came in at 57.44 seconds for Women’s 100m Freestyle while Dylan Koo finished with a timing of 56.44 seconds in the Men’s 100m Butterfly.

In table tennis, Yee Herng Hwee was unable to overcome Khetkhuan Tamolwan of Thailand in the third round of the Women’s Singles Group Stage as she lost in three consecutive sets (5-11, 8-11, 8-11) to enter the consolation round.

Yee was unable to recover from her earlier loss as she suffered another defeat (10-12, 11-8, 11-13, 7-11) to Wan Yuan of Germany in the consolation round.

Fellow Singaporean Yin Jing Yuan might have crashed out of the Men’s Singles after capitulating to Thailand’s Tanviriyavechakul Padasak in the group stage’s third round but he came back strongly in the consolation round to beat Al Naggar from Qatar (11-7, 11-7, 11-8).

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