Day 1: Here’s what’s been happening at the YOG
We take a quick look at some of the highlights from the first day of action at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018…
Performance of the day
South Africa's Amber Schlebusch staged an incredible comeback to clinch gold in the women’s triathlon. The 17-year-old from Durban found herself 27 seconds behind the leaders following a disappointing opening swim section, and then fell almost a whole minute behind Denmark’s Sif Bendix Madsen, who was leading after the athletes completed the bike segment. Schlebusch refused to give up, however, and began moving her way through the pack on the closing 5km run. She eventually caught Bendix Madsen with 500m to go, taking the tape in a time of 58 minutes and 47 seconds – 11 seconds ahead of the Danish silver medallist.
“I’m in this sort of disbelief right now; it feels amazing and I really can’t believe it. Now I can say, ‘I’m the Youth Olympic champion!’ It’s a pretty good title to have, so I’m really stoked,” said an extremely happy Schlebusch after crossing the finish line. “It was a bad swim but then I caught up on the run. I’m really happy to end up feeling so strong.”
On the up
Fans in Buenos Aires were given a glimpse of the future at the high-octane Urban Park, as sport climbing made its YOG debut ahead of its inclusion at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The first day of action saw qualifying rounds for the women’s combined event take place, with Polish twins Aleksandra and Natalia Kalucka setting the pace on the speed wall, taking just 8.10 and 8.31 seconds respectively to scale their way to the top.
Superstars thrill the Urban Park crowds
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk was among a host of sporting superstars who put on an awesome display for a huge crowd at the Buenos Aires 2018 Urban Park. Hawk was joined by X Games champions Logan Martin (BMX freestyle), Leticia Bufoni (skateboarding) and Nyjah Huston (skateboarding), as well as several local riders, as they showcased their talents in front of thousands of cheering fans.
Wild Boars enjoy chance to shine
After their appearance at the Buenos Aires 2018 Opening Ceremony drew an incredible response from the record-breaking crowds, the Wild Boars football team – which made global headlines after being trapped in a cave for 18 days earlier this year – enjoyed another incredible YOG experience today, as they got the chance to play at the iconic Estadio Monumental against River Plate’s junior team. And despite facing some of the top young players in Argentina, the Thai boys were up to the task as they built a 3-1 lead before eventually drawing 3-3.
Quote of the day
“Being at an Olympic event is so much bigger than anything we’ve done so far, like the World Championships or European Championships in BMX. There’s an amazing atmosphere in the Village… And I can eat some steak now!”
Switzerland’s Kevin Schunck looks forward to enjoying some of Argentina’s famous cuisine after winning silver in the mixed BMX team event.