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22.08.2014

2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing: wrap-up, comments and medallists

2nd Youth Olympic Games · Nanjing, CHN

Medals, fun, great competitions and enthusiast spectators: the summary of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, after the last Shooting event.

Thank you Nanjing! Today’s 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team closed the Shooting Sport program at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, held in Nanjing (CHN), an event that will be remembered as a milestone of our sport.

 

Shooting sport events were staged at the Fangshan venue, from the 16th through the 22nd of August. 80 young shooters from 57 countries competed in 10m Air Rifle and Air Pistol events, and had a chance to try the Mixed International Teams events that combine athletes from different genders and nations – a new competition introduced in occasion of this second Youth Olympic Games edition.

 

For the first time in a major competition, a DJ joined the shooting range staff playing music during the competitions, adding that fun factor that is the fingerprint of the Youth Olympic Games.

 

Young athletes had a great time here, and enthusiast public on site joined by thousand of active social media followers stated the success of the event.

 

It all started with the 10m Air Pistol Women event, won by Poland’s Agata Nowag on the 17th of August. The following day, Pavlo Korostylov of the Ukraine secured Gold at the 10m Air Pistol Men event, carrying on a family tradition: his father was indeed a member of the URSS national pistol team, and his sister competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in this discipline.

 

The YOG Shooting Sport program continued on the 19th of August, when Switzerland’s Sarah Hornung won the 10m Air Rifle Women event beating the youngest world cup medallist of the ISSF history: Marina Lyndsay Veloso of Singapore, a 14-year old athlete who got into the sport after watching the 2010 Youth Olympic Games on TV.

 

The host country, the People’s Republic of China, found its hero in Yang Haoran, who won of the 10m Air Rifle Men event on the 20th of August. The 18-year old student was the favourite, and he did not delude the expectations. Ranked first in the world in this event, he said the YOG were a great experience on his way to the ISSF World Championship in Granada. There, in two weeks, he will run for an Olympic Quota Place, a qualification slot for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. And that’s a goal that seems to be a bit closer, now that he pocketed Nanjing’s Gold with five points of advantage on the following finalists.

 

The Mixed International Team events closed the shooting sport program of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, yesterday and today.

 

Bulgaria and Uzbekistan were the first-ever winner of the new 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Teams event, as Lidia Nencheva and Vladimir Svechnikov teamed-up to beat Singapore's Xiu Yi Teh and Egypt's Ahmed Mohamed by 10-5 in the gold medal match, yesterday.


Today, it were Egypt and Hungary who celebrated the victory at the 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams event, thanks to Hungary's Istvan Peni, 17, and Egypt's Hadir Mekhimar, who won the match beating Argentina's Fernanda Russo, 15, and Mexico's Jose Santos Valdes Martinez, 17, with a stunning score of 10-2.

 

The success of the competition was remarked by the ISSF authorities, following the event here in Nanjing.

 

“The organization has been perfect: Nanjing 2014 will be a founding exeprience for our young athletes.” The ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña said. “After a great Opening Ceremony – with an inspiring speech of the IOC President Bach – we have been witnessing some excellent competitions.”

 

“We have to thank the people of Nanjing as well as our officials who made it happen.”

 

The ISSF Secretary General, Franz Schreiber commented: “the atmosphere here at the Youth Olympic Games is unbelievable. We were very pleased with the reactions of the spectators and of our followers, who showed us how much they love the shooting sport.”

 

“Athletes had fun. Spectators had fun. We could not ask for any better.” Mr. Schreiber continued.

 

The ISSF Technical Delegate for the Youth Olympic Games, Joerg Brokamp, agreed with him, “Nanjing 2014 was a great successful for our sport. We had a wonderful experience.”

 

“The Organizers did a great job. Everything worked well here at the Fangshan venue, and in general the whole organization positively impressed.” Mr. Brokamp continued.

 

Shooting events are over, in Nanjing. But the 2014 Youth Olympic Games continue! Don’t miss the action, follow the YOG on the social networks and on http://www.nanjing2014.org

 

 

The medallists of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing

Event

Date

Medal

Name

Nat

10m Air Rifle Men Youth

20 AUG 2014

GOLD

YANG Haoran

CHN

SILVER

BABAYAN Hrachik

ARM

BRONZE

PENI Istvan

HUN

10m Air Pistol Men Youth

18 AUG 2014

GOLD

KOROSTYLOV Pavlo

UKR

SILVER

KIM Cheongyong

KOR

BRONZE

DORTOMB Edouard

FRA

10m Air Rifle Women Youth

19 AUG 2014

GOLD

HORNUNG Sarah

SUI

SILVER

VELOSO Martina Lindsay

SIN

BRONZE

BUDDE Julia

GER

10m Air Pistol Women Youth

17 AUG 2014

GOLD

NOWAK Agata

POL

SILVER

LOMOVA Margarita

RUS

BRONZE

KIM Minjung

KOR

10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams

22 AUG 2014

GOLD

MEKHIMAR Hadir

PENI Istvan

EGY

HUN

SILVER

Fernanda RUSSO

VALDES MARTINEZ Jose Santos

ARG

MEX

BRONZE

SUKHORUKOVA Viktoriya

LU Shao-Chuan

UKR

TPE

10m Air Pistol Mixed International Teams

21 AUG 2014

GOLD

NENCHEVA Lidia

SVECHNIKOV Vladimir

BUL

UKR

SILVER

TEH Xiu Yi

MOHAMED Ahmed

SIN

EGY

BRONZE

RASMANE Agate

MADRID Wilmar

LAT

GUA

 

 

 

Marco Dalla Dea