Indian contingent started the proceedings of Youth Olympic Games 2018 on a perfect note after clinching two medals–both silver on the opening day of the games.
The first medal for India came from shooting, where Tushar Mane clinched the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle with the score of 247.5 in the finals.
Grigorri Shamakov from Russia, won the gold medal with 249.2 while bronze medal went to Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia with the total score of 227.9.
It was a close fight till the end but a poor final round from the Indian of 9.6 and 9.9 cost him the gold medal as his opponent had 10.4 and 10.7.
After Mane’s silver medal, Tababi Devi created history in the Youth Olympic Games as she becomes India’s first ever Judoka to win a medal for a country at the Olympics – junior or senior.
The 2017 Asian Cadet champion Tababi, couldn’t cross the last hurdle and lost to Gimenez, who is a Pan American U18 Championships gold medalist by 0-2.
Gimenez scored 1-0 on the ippon, 1-0 on waza-ari and Tababi was handed 1 penalty point. The match was over in 2:08.
On her way to semifinals, Devi defeated Ana Viktorija Puljiz of Crotia 10-0 in the semifinals. Earlier, she got the better of Bhutan’s Yangchen Wangmo 10-0 in the elimination Round of 16 before knocking out Erza Muminoviq of Kosovo in the quarterfinals.
In the men’s hockey 5s competition, Indian team crushed Bangladesh by 10-0 in their opening match.
India have 46 athletes representing the country in 13 sports at the prestigious event catering to the youth. This is India’s largest contingent at the Youth Olympics.
The country has never won a gold medal in Youth Olympic Games but this time we all hope for a change in fortunes with many young stars lined up for their respective matches.