Singapore: Yuki Bhambri pulled off an upset
victory to storm into the final of the tennis event but the
hoopsters and swimmers came up with disappointing performances
on a mixed day for the Indians in the inaugural Youth Olympic
Games here on Thursday.
Yuki stunned second seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and
Herzegovina 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the boys` singles semifinal at
Kallang Tennis Centre on the fifth day of the Games to at
least assure India of another silver.
In the summit clash, the sixth-seeded Indian will take on
Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia who beat Victor Baluda of
Russia 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in the other semifinal.
Yuki had yesterday braved cramps to get the better of
Ireland`s John Morrissey in the quarterfinals.
Wrestlers had won two medals for India. Pooja Dhanda had
bagged a silver in women`s 60kg freestyle while Kadian
Satyawart fetched a bronze in men`s 100kg freestyle.
Shuttler H S Prannoy is also assured of at least a silver
after stunning top seed Kang Ji Wook of Korea in the singles
He, however, will have to wait longer in his quest for a
gold medal as his final match against Pisit Poodchalat of
Thailand has been rescheduled.
The other Indian who impressed today was Durgesh Kumar
who won the boys 400m race heat number two with an effort of
52.20sec to qualify for the final round.
In basketball, Indian boys lost to New Zealand 12-17 in a
Group A preliminary round match.
In swimming, Aaron Agnel D`Souza finished fifth in boys
100m freestyle second semifinal with a timing of 51.49sec. He
had qualified for the semifinals after finishing fourth in the
heat number five.
In women`s 100m butterfly, Arhatha Magavi finished a
disappointing eighth in heat number four.
India fielded 32 competitors in the inaugural edition of
the Games which is meant for athletes in the age group of 14