Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day Eight Review

24 August 2014 / 16:33

Giarnni Regini-Moran and Ellie Downie admitted they were pinching themselves in amazement after bringing the curtain down on their Youth Olympic Games in style.

Both Regini-Moran and Downie were looking to sign off from Nanjing with more silverware as they competed in three and two apparatus finals respectively.

And they did exactly that, Regini-Moran claiming a hat-trick of golds with success in the vault final, before adding parallel bars and horizontal bar bronze to bring his impressive haul to five in total.

But not to be outdone Downie also made two trips to the podium, winning bronze in both the balance beam and floor exercises as she left China with four gongs around her neck.

“I am really pleased with everything that happened over the whole week and I don’t think it could have gone much better to be honest,” Downie said.

“I never expected to come away from this competition with four medals, I could never have even dreamed about doing that.

“I just wanted to come away from the Youth Olympics having done my best with a couple of medals, I really wasn’t expecting four.”

Regini-Moran added: “I came to Nanjing to try and get a gold on floor and vault so to come away with three gold and two bronze is unbelievable.

“This is the biggest competition I have ever done. It means everything to come to the Youth Olympic Games and win five medals.

“I’ve shown that I can perform under pressure – I performed six routines clean over three days with not one mistake.”

Jake Saywell couldn’t quite add an individual medal to his team gold as Team GB’s sole equestrian athlete finished joint tenth after today’s second round.

Having helped Europe claim the team title on Wednesday, Saywell was back in action today for the second round of the individual event.

Picking up one infringement on Saturday’s first round meant Saywell was by no means out of the tussle for medals, however two more 24 hours later ended his hopes.

“I was actually really pleased with my individual performance, my horse just went a bit green going into the combination and just touched the first part and the last part,” he said.

“It is a tough course but I believe my horse could have gone clear if we had just a little bit of luck going into the combination but that’s life.

“But I am really happy with him. He has come on a lot this week and overall he jumped very good but just made green mistakes.

“If he was a bit older I maybe wouldn’t have had to push so much, but you can’t complain with going away with a gold medal so I am happy.”

Meanwhile, all three of Great Britain’s boxers will now turn their attentions to bronze after losing their respective semi-finals to the reigning world champions.

Fly-weight Muhammad Ali was first into the ring but he was unable to enact revenge on American Shakur Stevenson, losing by a unanimous decision.

And it was a similar story for Viddal Riley as he fell to Bulgarian Blagoy Naydenov in his light heavyweight semi-final.

Peter McGrail put up a good fight in his bantam weight semi-final but was on the wrong end of a split decision against Cuban Javier Ibanez Diaz.

All three will go again tomorrow as they look to end their time in Nanjing with a medal around their necks.

Elsewhere, sailor Hanna Brant finished the women’s Byte CII final race in 24th, leaving the 15-year-old 18th in the overall standings while Henry Choong was 11th in the men’s modern pentathlon despite posting a fastest swimming time of 1:57.21 minutes.

And in the mixed international team event at the archery, both Bradley Denny and Bryony Pitman fell short of the medal matches.

Pitman and her Belarusian partner Aliaksei Dubrova lost in the 1/8 elimination match, going down 5-1 to Regina Romero of Guatemala and Belgian Rick Martens.

And while Denny and Japanese partner Miasa Koike safely navigated this round – beating Poland’s Marek Szafran and Brazilian Ana Machado 6-2, they couldn’t advance from their quarter-final, losing 5-4 to Malaysian Muhamad Zarif Syahir Zolkepeli and Germany’s Cynthia Freywald.

“The team event was definitely a hard match, the other team shot well and unfortunately I didn’t shoot as well as I could have,” Pitman said.

“I still shot better then my individual match but both days weren’t as good as I would have liked them to be but it has given me plenty to work on next time.

“But the whole experience has still been good overall. The venue was amazing and it was nice to have this experience.”

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