Marirya Kochanova, photo by PhotoRun.net
Nine countries won nine gold medals
BUENOS ARIES (ARG, Oct 14): Nine different countries took the nine gold medals awarded on day four of the Youth Olympic Games, following the conclusion of the second stage of competition. Keely Small of Australia dominated the women’s 800m to secure gold. After winning the first stage in 2:05.68 she races to gold with a 2:04.76. More Oceania joy as Connor Bell of New Zealand trounces the opposition in the men’s discus adding a 66.24m effort in stage two for a combined 133.08m. Top quality high jump sees both Chen Long of China and Australia’s Oscar Miers set a championship record of 2.22m. Long, 15, takes the combined win and Miers moves from seventh after stage one for silver and improves his personal best by 8cm in one competition. A great 46.36 run by Kennedy Luchembe in the stage two of the men’s 400m elevates the Zambian from fourth to silver but Mexican Luis Antonio Aviles Ferreiro of Mexico – quickest in stage one – clings on to gold by a combined 0.11. World youth champ Barbora Malikova of the Czech Republic secures an expected gold in the women’s 400m adding a second stage win in 54.68 to her first stage victory in 54.18. Incredibly tight women’s long jump as just 1cm after the two stages separates the medallists. Belgian Maite Beernaert leaps from fourth after stage one to gold with a wind–assisted 6.31m. Hungary’s Klaudia Endresz grabs silver on countback – combined 12.31m – from Austria’s Ingeborg Grunewald. Grace Stark dominates the women’s 100m hurdles to take gold. After winning stage one she also finishes top in stage two, recording 12.83 (+2.8m) for a combined 26.14. In the women’s discus, pre-event favourite Melany Morejon of Cuba proves too strong for Russia’s Violetta Ignatyeva of Russia – as a 54.95m best compared to a 54.32m in stage two earns gold. German Leni Freyja Wildgrube was a convincing winner in the women’s pole vault with a stage two best of 4.17m earning a 30cm victory combined from Emma Brentel of France.
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