Day 4: Here’s what’s been happening at the YOG
We take a look at some of the memorable moments from the fourth day of competition at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018…
Performance of the day
The host country roared into life on day four, with María Sol Ordas claiming most of the headlines with Argentina’s first gold medal of the Games, in the women’s single sculls event.
But over at the Green Park, another Argentinian was making waves. On paper, Facundo Díaz Acosta’s quarter-final match at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club looked a tough ask, with his opponent, Chun-hsin Teng of Chinese Taipei, top seeded having won prestigious junior Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and Roland Garros this year.
But Porteños love nothing more than to cheer on one of their own – especially an underdog – and Acosta, a Buenos Aires native, rose to the challenge in style, bamboozling Teng with his left-handed play to win 6-2 6-4. Now, the eighth seed will be eyeing a medal in front of an adoring home crowd.
Breaking down borders
The fourth day of competition also saw athletes put aside national loyalties to come together in the spirit of competition, with medals awarded in a number of mixed gender and NOC events. The Youth Olympic Park was the main hub for this show of diversity, with gymnastics and judo staging continental team events for the first time at the YOG, and a band of Europeans claiming gold on the final day of fencing competition.
“It was a really nice way to make friends with athletes from other countries and share such a strong feeling. We came together for the same goal,” said Italian foil specialist Martina Favaretto, who shared the piste with athletes from France, Hungary and Ukraine.
A broad focus
Elsewhere, World Rowing also championed the multicultural vibe by putting on a series of fun mixed relay races for their athletes at Puerto Madero, following the conclusion of their final medal events in the morning. This was one of a number of “focus events” put on by International Federations (IFs) across the four parks throughout the day, with the IFs for archery, equestrian, handball, modern pentathlon and rugby also hosting activities aimed at cultural exchange and personal development.
Le Clos’ one to watch
Official YOG Ambassador Chad Le Clos was the star turn on day three, as he toured the swimming venue and the Youth Olympic Village before participating in a “Chat with Champions” session alongside some of the Athlete Role Models. He’s not getting too close to some YOG athletes though, having identified Hungary’s 18-year-old sensation Kristóf Milák – who has already won two gold medals at the Natatorium – as one of his biggest threats at Tokyo 2020.
Quote of the day
“I’m delighted with the result and I’m also happy because we created a good impression as a sport. Sport climbing is going to be recognised in Japan. I hope everyone comes to see it at Tokyo 2020.”
Japan’s Keita Dohi can’t wait for a home edition of the Olympic Games after winning gold in sport climbing’s stunning YOG debut.