Maymon, Mithravarun miss podium in Youth Olympics

Nanjing: India`s 110m hurdler Maymon Poulose missed a medal as he finished fourth while Senthil Kumar Mithravarun was fifth in discus throw in the second Youth Olympics here on Saturday.

Both Kerala hurdler Poulose and Tamil Nadu discus thrower Mithravarun came up with career best marks but finished out of medal bracket.

Poulose clocked a creditable 13.57 secs in `A` final of boys` 110m hurdles to finish fourth. Jamaican world junior medallist Jaheel Hyde clinched the gold in 12.96 secs. Henrik Hannemann of Germany (13.40) and Gyeong-Tae Kim of Korea (13.43) occupied the next two spots ahead of Poulose.

In men`s discus throw, Mithravarun delivered a personal best of 57.06m to finish fifth in `A` final. Chinese Yu Long Cheng won the gold with a throw of 64.14m. Germany`s Clemens Prufer was second with 63.52m while Ukraine`s Rusian Valitov was third with 57.48m.

K T Neena finished 11th in girls` 5 km race walk in 25:02.19. The gold in this event went to host nation`s Ma Zhen-Xia in 22:22.08. Mexican Valeria Martinez (23:19.27) and Italy`s Noemi Stella (23:38.10) were the other medallists.

In Canoe-Kayak, Kirti Kewat lost to Bobr Kamila of Belarus in the quarterfinals of C1 head-to-head women`s sprint.

In archery, Atul Verma and Hem Latha Boda advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the men`s and women`s recurve individual events respectively.

Verma beat Min Thiha Kyaw of Myanmar 6-0 (28-24, 28-26 and 29-24) while Boda defeated Maya Raysin of Israel 7-3 (24-22, 26-26, 27-23, 25-30, 25-24).

In boxing, Shyam Kumar Kakara lost to Rufat Huseynov of Azerbaijan 1-2 in the preliminary round of the men`s lightflyweight (46-49kg) category.

India are being represented by 32 athletes and they have won one medal so far through weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul on Thursday. 

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