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Impressive victory of OZBEK Muhammed Furkan (TUR)

Men’s 69kg was all about the European Youth Champion OZBEK Muhammed Furkan (TUR) and European Youth Silver Medallist MALAKMADZE Archil (GEO). The two athletes put on a great show battled fiercely here in Buenos Aires. They remained close in the Snatch with only 1kg advantage in favour of OZBEK, but the Turkish lifter showed an impressive strength and technique in the Clean and Jerk. With three good lifts – 158kg, 165kg and 170kg – he won with ease the Youth Olympic title. Reaching a Total of 288kg, MALAKMADZE Archil (GEO) won the Silver Medal while the Bronze went to CANUL FACUNDO Mauricio Cristofer (MEX) with

100kg to win Gold for BALTAG Sabina (ROU)

After three good lifts in the Snatch, BALTAG Sabina (ROU) missed her second Clean and Jerk attempt at 100kg. There was a huge pressure on the 2018 European Youth Champion as her last attempt at 100kg was her only chance to win the Gold. Following an impressive lift and becoming Youth Olympic Champion in the Women’s 53kg, she took long minutes to celebrate her victory with her Team and coaches behind the scenes. Silver Medallist at the 2018 Pan-American Youth Championships JUNKAR ACERO Kely Valentina (COL) missed on the same weight and ended second with a Total of 176kg while Silver Medallist at the 2016 IWF Youth World Championships VINATASARI Nur (INA) came in third with

‘All of the sacrifices are worthwhile’ – Katherin Echandia

Katherin Echandia was chosen to be Venezuela's flag bearer, which is comprised of 54 sportspeople competing in 17 sports: athletics, boxing, wrestling, equestrian, triathlon, swimming, beach handball, beach volleyball, modern pentathlon, sailing, basketball 3x3, cycling, gymnastics, judo, fencing and roller speed skating. The Venezuelan Olympic Committee had an original way of choosing its flag bearer for the Buenos Aires 2018 opening ceremony. The country held an open election with the participation of the general public (who could vote online), local media, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Committee’s Executive Board. Katherin Echandia, a weightlifter from the Caribbean country, won the vote, surpassing fellow candidates Anabella Acurero (fencing), Mayra Parra (wrestling), Víctor Betancourt (gymnastics), María Giménez (judo) and Bernardo Lander (equestrian). She was given the flag in a ceremony that was also attended by the rest of the athletes who qualified for the Youth Olympic Games. Echandia’s achievements were more than enough to be her country’s flag bearer on October 6: she won the gold medal at the 2017 South American Youth Games in Santiago and she also triumphed in the 44kg category at the Pan American Youth Championships in Colombia last June. “It’s a great pride to get to carry the tricolour at Buenos Aires 2018. I feel very touched and I appreciate this immense support. We are all going to give our best in our competitions. I promise we will bring home many medals,” anticipated Katherin, who is 17 years old and 1,47 metres tall. Fulfilling her promise, there were tears of joy after she won the women's 44kg event at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games on Sunday. Echandia Zarate has set her sights firmly on an Olympic gold medal, and her victory brought a roar of relief, as well as payback for the blood, sweat and tears that go into making a champion. [caption id="attachment_24379" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Katherin Oriana Echandia Zarate of Venezuela celebrates jubilantly with her coach after winning the Gold Medal with a successful lift of 90kg in Women's 44kg at the YOG Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (Gabriel Heusi/OIS/IOC via AP)[/caption] “The sacrifices you make are so hard,” she said after lifting 72kg in the snatch and 90kg in the clean & jerk to total 162kg for the gold. “I train every day for the YOG. I missed the Opening Ceremony (to prepare for the event) and I can’t eat sweets as I’m on a diet. “All of the sacrifices are worthwhile. I prepare very well and always have a positive attitude. I just won a gold medal for my country. I’m so excited.” — Follow IWF: Facebook Instagram Twitter

India won Gold

Competition was balanced and intense in the Men’s 62kg. Commonwealth Youth and Junior Champion in 2017, JEREMY Lalrinnunga (IND) competed in the 56kg bodyweight category before moving up. He took the lead in the Snatch but only with a 2kg advantage. He was followed closely by the 2017 European Youth Champion TOPTAS Caner (TUR) also competing in the 56kg bodyweight category prior to the YOG. Both of them registered 4 good lifts, however JEREMY came out for his third attempt in the Clean and Jerk at 150kg making it a good one. He won the Gold Medal with a Total of 274kg. With 122kg in the Snatch and 141kg in the Clean and Jerk, TOPTAS Caner (TUR) ended second while VILLAR MANJARRES Estiven Jose (COL) came in

HERNANDEZ VIEYRA Yesica Yadira (MEX) Youth Olympic Champion in the 48kg

The Colombian lifter SANTOYA ORTIZ Yineth Milena (COL) took the lead in the Snatch with 76kg. She was followed closely by HERNANDEZ VIEYRA Yesica Yadira (MEX) with 74kg while both CAMBEI Mihaela Valentina (ROU) and ORTIZ Dahiana (DOM) ended with 70kg. While SANTOYA won the Pan-American Youth Championships in 2017, HERNANDEZ won the Gold in 2018. The competition for the Youth Olympic Champion title went on between the two of them. HERNANDEZ VIEYRA Yesica Yadira (MEX) was stronger in the Clean and Jerk and didn’t miss any of her three attempts. She ended with a Total of 171kg. SANTOYA ORTIZ Yineth Milena (COL) won the Silver Medal after missing only once at 91kg. 5th at the IWF Youth World Championships in 2017 and European Youth Champion in 2018, CAMBEI won the Bronze Medal with

NGO found no challenger

In the Men’s 56kg, two athletes made it to 6 good lifts. Gold Medal winner NGO Son Dinh (VIE) who certainly dominated the field and POLAK Frantisek (CZE) who made it third. After three good Snatch, CHOMCHUEN Natthawat (THA) nicknamed Tum, secured himself a Silver Medal with a 130kg Clean and Jerk. He came out for 148kg and 154kg but missed both of the attempts. 2018 Asian Youth Champion NGO registered his best Total – 262kg – on international level here in Buenos Aires. CHOMCHUEN who was also Silver Medallist at the 2017 Asian Youth Championships lifted 6kg more than