Youth Olympics: Prannoy HS Loses In Finals, Settles with Silver
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy Kumar lost his final encounter against Pisit Poodchalat of Thailand to be content with the
silver medal. Prannoy lost 15-21, 16-21 in the final match that lasted for 40 minutes. The shuttler from Kerala had a blistering run to the final defeating the top seeded Korean Ji Wook Kang in the semifinal after winning all the three matches in the group stage and Feng Tse Sheih of Chinese Taipei in the quarter finals. Korean Ji Wook Kang, who lost the semifinal to Prannoy, won the bronze medal defeating Wei Sheng Loh in the Bronze medal match.
In tennis, the flag bearer of the Indian contingent, Yuki Bhambri ensured at least a silver as he entered the final defeating second seeded Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. The Indian, seeded sixth in the tournament, will now face Columbian Juan Sebastien Gomez who won his semifinal match against Victor Baluda of Russia.
There were more good news for the Indian contingent as Kumar Durgesh qualified for the final round of the boys’ 400m hurdles event. Durgesh topped the heat 2 of the qualification with a timing of 52.2 seconds. Durgesh, whose personal best is 51.57 seconds, will run for the medal in the final on 23rd August.
Indian swimmer Aaron Agnel D Souza qualified for the semifinal of in 100m freestyle but failed to qualify for the final round as he finished fifth in the semifinal round finishing in 51.49 seconds. Aaron, earlier, finished poorly in the 200m freestyle as he could not qualify even for the semifinals. Arhatha Magavi was out from the heats again in her last event of women’s 100m butterfly. She had similar results earlier in 100m freestyle and 100 m butterfly.
Boys’ basketball team’s poor run continued as they lost their last group match against New Zealand 17-12 to finish last in the 5 team group. They will now fight for the 17th spot in the 17-20 qualification round.
At the end of the day, China (13-7-2) continued to lead the points table with Russia (11-9-4) and Italy (6-4-3) following behind. India, with 2 silver and 1 bronze medals, is sharing the 34th spot on the points table with Greece.