YOG stars continue to light up the global stage
Olympic.org takes a look at some of the notable performances by Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes over the last month, as they continue to make their mark at major international events
World Aquatics Championships
The pools at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest were overflowing with YOG talent, with many stars of Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014 demonstrating their skills on the global stage. Among those to impress was five-time YOG medallist Chad le Clos, who added the 200m butterfly world title to his ever-expanding list of accomplishments; while Nanjing 2014 gold medallists Anton Chupkov and Evgeny Rylov also claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke respectively to clinch their first senior international titles. Singapore 2010 medallist Emma McKeon claimed four silvers and two bronzes to go with the four Olympic medals she won in Rio last year; while fellow YOG alumni and Rio 2016 diving medallists Tom Daley (gold in the 10m platform) and Pandelela Rinong (bronze in synchronised 10m platform) also added to the YOG medal rush in Budapest.
At the 131st Wimbledon Championships, the fourth round of the women’s tennis singles had a distinctly YOG feel, with Singapore 2010 top seed Elina Svitolina facing Nanjing 2014 doubles bronze medallist Jeļena Ostapenko for a place in the quarter-finals. It was Ostapenko who eventually came out on top, winning 6-3 7-6 to advance to a last-eight meeting with seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The year’s third tennis Grand Slam also featured many other YOG athletes, including YOG gold medallist Daria Gavrilova, Olympic champion Monica Puig and Singapore 2010 graduates Tímea Babos, Verónica Cepede Royg, Jana Čepelová, Ons Jabeur, Markéta Vondroušová, Jiří Veselý, Márton Fucsovics, Damir Džumhur and Renzo Olivo. Some of the stars of Nanjing 2014 were also in action in London, including doubles silver medallist Daria Kasatkina and singles bronze medallist Andrey Rublev.
Tour de France
While double Olympic bronze medallist Chris Froome (Great Britain) secured his fourth yellow jersey in five years by claiming the overall classification, cycling’s famed race also featured some familiar YOG faces. Australia’s Jay McCarthy, who finished second in the men’s time trial in Singapore in 2010, made his Tour de France debut at the age of 24, while Kazakhstan’s Alexey Lutsenko – who was fourth in the Singapore 2010 time trial – made his third appearance in the race, finishing 71st.
Asian Athletics Championships
The 22nd Asian Athletics Championships were held in India from 6-9 July, with several YOG graduates competing. Chinese Taipei’s Yang Chun-Han followed up his 200m bronze at the Nanjing 2014 YOG by clocking a national record of 20.66 seconds to claim 200m gold, having already won bronze in the 100m.
Canoe Sprint European Championships
Several YOG graduates were in action at the 2017 Canoe Sprint European Championships, which were held in Bulgaria from 14 to 16 July. Among them were Singapore 2010 gold medallists Sándor Tótka and Ramóna Farkasdi, who both added more precious metal to their growing collections. Tótka teamed up with Bence Nádas, Péter Molnár and Nanjing 2014 YOG silver medallist Milán Mozgi to win gold in the K4 500m, with he and Nádas also triumphing in the K2 500m event, while fellow Hungarian Farkasdi won K2 1,000m gold alongside Réka Hagymási. Nanjing 2014 gold medallist Kamila Bobr also won silver in the C2 500m alongside Alena Nazdrova.