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AYG: China tops gold medal count at Asian Youth Games, South Korea second

The closing ceremony at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing.

The closing ceremony at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing.

August 25, 2013: Hosts China topped the medal count at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing with 46 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze, for a total of 93 from the 122 events in 16 sports.

 

South Korea were second with 25 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze for a total of 52. Of Korea’s 25 gold medals, 16 came from swimming, of which Ko Mi-so accounted for five.

 

Japan were in a distant third place with seven gold, five silver and six bronze medals. Thailand and Chinese Taipei both won six gold to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Thailand won 15 silver and 16 bronze medals, while Chinese Taipei won 11 silver and 13 bronze.

 

Nineteen of the 45 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) went home with gold, while 29 NOCs won at least one medal of any colour.

 

The nine-day Games brought together more than 2,400 athletes from 45 countries and regions, including athletes from India who marched under the AOI banner, in a competition that served as a dress rehearsal for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next summer.

 

“The sport has enthralled us. The high level of skill has impressed us. The young athletes have inspired us,” said Timothy Fok, Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), at the closing ceremony on Saturday evening.

 

“There has also been much to celebrate away from the competition venues. Like all Olympians, the athletes have shown excellence, friendship and respect. You have made friends with athletes from different countries and cultures. You have set an example to the leaders of the world in how to promote trust and cooperation. You have laid firm foundations for a brighter future.”

 

Athletes, officials and volunteers from across Asia all took part in a lively closing ceremony on Saturday night away as they bid farewell to the second Asian Youth Games, which followed the inaugural edition in Singapore in 2009.

 

The one-hour show ended with the traditional handover of the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia to a delegation from Hambantota, the Sri Lankan city that will host the third edition of the Games in 2017.

 

Hambantota was one of the Sri Lankan coastal regions devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but its government has since embarked on a massive re-building programme of sea terminals and airports, city infrastructure and some world-class sporting facilities.

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