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Pooja Dhanda Wins Silver In Youth Olympic Games

Indian contingent in the Singapore 2010 cherished the first medal in the competition when wrestler Pooja Dhanda won silver in 60 kg freestyle wrestling. Pooja defeated American Jenna Rose, local girl Erna Natasha and Bulgarian Ahmed Dzahanan to reach the final where Mongolian wrestler Baatarzorig Battsetseg defeated her by 3-1.

Among others Haseena Sunil Kumar Prannoy won the last group match against Keophiacham Phetphanom of Laos by 21-11, 21-12 and thus qualified for the quarter finals topping group C. In the next round Prannoy will meet Hseih Feng-Tse of Chinese Taipei. However, the other Indian representative in Badminton, Bhamidipati Sai Praneet could not qualify for the next round despite winning last two group matches.

The bad run of boys’ basketball team continued as they lost their second match 33-19 against Serbia. They now face Greece and New Zealand in the last two matches though their chances of qualifying are very less beacuse of two defeats in as many matches.

In swimming, D Souza Aaron Agnel participated in youth mens’ 200 m freestyle but failed to qualify for the finals. Same was the case of Magavi Arhata, who took part in youth women’s 100 m freestyle and youth women’s 200 m butterfly today.

The flag bearer of the Indian contingent Yuki Bhambri won his first round match against German Kevin Krawietz 6-3, 6-0. The Indian ace will play Liang Chi Huang of China for a spot in the quarter finals. However, Yuki and his Philippine partner Jason Patrombon lost 7-6 (3), 5-7, [4-10] against Damir Zhumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mate Pavic of Croatia.

Rowing team of both junior women’s pair and junior men’s pair qualified for the semifinals by finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in their respective repechage rounds.

At the end of day 2, China (4-3-1), Russia (4-2-3) and Azerbaijan (3-0-0) held the top three positions closely followed by Australia (2-3-0), Italy (2-2-1) and Japan (2-0-0). India, alongwith 6 others, share the 25th spot on the table.

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