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Youth Olympic Games- Manu Bhaker & Jeremy Lalrinnunga Fetch Gold For India

The proud teenagers with the gold medal. (Source – Twitter handles of PIB and Doordarshan)

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Youth Olympic Games- Manu Bhaker & Jeremy Lalrinnunga Fetch Gold For India

The second gold medal for India came in less than 24 hours.

Flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 2018, shooter Manu Bhaker and Mizo weightlifting sensation Jeremy Lalrinnunga have won the first ever gold medals for India in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bhaker shot 236.5 to top the women’s 10m air pistol event category on Tuesday. Russia stood at the second place while Georgia bagged the bronze medal.

Jeremy achieved the feat on the second day of competitions at the Youth Olympics 2018 being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday evening.

Jeremy lifted 120 kg and 124 kg in the snatch round. In the clean and jerk round, he lifted 142 kg and 150 kg. With his best successful attempts of 124 kg and 150 kg for a combined 274 kg, he topped the Men’s 62 kg Group A category of the weightlifting event.

(Source- DD News Twitter account)

(Source- DD News Twitter account)

Earlier, Manu Bhaker had made the country proud at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games by bagging gold medals at the sporting events while the 15-year-old Jeremy from Mizoram is also the world youth silver medalist.

With five medals so far, this is already India’s best performance at this global sports meet for the young. It had won two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China.

India’s Shahu Tushar Mane, Mehuli Ghosh and Tababi Devi Thangjamhave won three silver medals in shooting and judo in this year’s meet.

Mehuli Ghosh bagged the silver medal in the women’s 10m air-rifle shooting event of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 on Monday.

It was a grand win for India in hockey as the women’s team defeated Uruguay while the men’s team thrashed Austria.

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India On The Opening Day

On the opening day, India clinched two silver medals in shooting and judo. Tushar Mane won the medal in shooting in men’s 10 m air rifle category while Thangjam Tababi Devi stood second in judo in women’s 44 kg category.

With the silver medal, Tababi Devi became the first judoka to win a medal for the country at the Olympics – whether junior or senior.

(Read – 70 Years Ago, Independent India Won Its First Olympic Hockey Gold)

Representing India

Shooter Manu Bhaker was the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 2018.

The Indian contingent at the games has 68 members, including 46 athletes in 13 sports. Hockey 5s has the maximum number of participants at 18 (nine each in men’s and women’s team). This is India’s largest-ever contingent at the Youth Olympics.

India is competing in shooting, weightlifting, swimming, table tennis, boxing, wrestling, judo and sport climbing.

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Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018

The ongoing Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018 began with the opening ceremony on 6 October and competitions started from 7 October. The games will conclude on 18 October.

(Source- Buenos Aires 2018 Twitter account)

(Source- Twitter account of Buenos Aires 2018)

The aim of the event is to develop athletes and the community through the values of Olympics and transforming sports as an educational tool.

The event is witnessing the participation of 4,000 young athletes aged 15-18 from 206 nations. Buenos Aires 2018 is the first gender equality based Olympic event where the numbers of male and female athletes is equal.

Four of the 32 disciplines at the meet have been introduced this year – dance sport, karate, roller sports and sport climbing.

(Source- Twitter account of Buenos Aires 2018)

(Source- Twitter account of Buenos Aires 2018)

Lausanne, Switzerland will host the next meet, the winter version of YOG, in 2020.

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