Indians disappoint on Day One of Youth Olympics

Singapore: Indian athletes opened their campaign in the inaugural Youth Olympics on a disappointing note with most of them failing to get past the preliminary round and the lone weightlifter finishing fifth here on Sunday.

Only shuttler Sunil Kumar Prannoy produced an impressive performance by winning both his group matches.

Prannoy defeated Lucas Claerbout of France and Coke Dennis of Jamaica with identical 2-0 results in Pool C.

The second Indian shuttler in fray, Sai Praneeth, however, lost to Huang Chao of Singapore 12-21, 21-18, 17-21 in a Pool H match.

Weightlifter Matsa Santoshi finished fifth in girls’ 48kg final with a total lift of 150kg (65+85) at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Chinese Tian Yuan won the gold with a total lift of 190kg (85+105).

Santoshi was the lone Indian entrant in weightlifting.

In girls’ rowing pair event, Thomas Nimmy and Mitali Sekhar finished fourth in heat number one at Marina Reservoir and failed to qualify for the next stage.

In boys’ rowing pair event, Yasin Khan and Gurpreet Singh finished fifth in heat number one to bow out of competition.

In basketball, Indian boys lost to Puerto Rico 15-33 in a Group A preliminary round match.

India are being represented by 32 athletes in the Games which is for sports-persons in the age group of 14-18.


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