Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day Seven Review

23 August 2014 / 14:33

Giarnni Regini-Moran insists he is not about to slow down any time soon despite winning his second gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games.

Fresh from claiming the men’s all-around title on Tuesday, Regini-Moran was back in action on Saturday for the floor and pommel horse finals.

And while he could only finish sixth on the pommel horse with a score of 13.4000, the 16-year-old shone on the floor, scoring 14.766 for gold.

Regini-Moran still has three more finals to contend on Sunday – the vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar – and despite already having two gold medals around his neck the teenager has the taste for it now.

It is unbelievable to come away with two gold medals so far and I am going to try my hardest to come away with more,” he said.

“I think it will sink in properly when we are back in England and I am back with my family and everyone has welcomed me back.

“It hits you loads then. Now it is a bit of excitement but when you get back that is when the excitement really hits you.

“The crowd gave me a great reception and that is always good when the crowd are behind you, it is the best feeling in the world.”

There was more success in the gymnastics as Ellie Downie, fresh from winning all-around bronze on Wednesday, went in the vault final.

And she followed Regini-Moran in climbing the podium, Downie’s score of 14.566 seeing her claim silver behind China’s Yan Wang.

“I thought my first vault was a little shaky which meant I had to nail my second vault and I did that so I am quite pleased,” Downie said.

“Those vaults were pretty close to my best. I think my second vault is probably the best I have ever done, but my first vault could have been a little better.

“The all-around gave me a big confidence boost. I am hoping to medal on floor as well and the beam I am just going to see how it goes and enjoy it.”

And completing the medal rush on Saturday was Francesca Summers as she picked up silver in the modern pentathlon.

After finishing the fencing ranking round in third on Friday, Summers was back in action 24 hours later and was 11th in the swim.

She followed that up with a second in the fencing before finishing sixth in the combined run and shoot, all of which left her with 1044 points, just ten behind champion Xiuting Zhong from China.

“It is an amazing feeling to win silver, I am so happy,” she said. “It was the hottest conditions I have ever run in but well worth it obviously.

“Heading into the run and shoot I was not thinking about the outcome. I was just thinking about doing what I practice every day and see how it went.

“I wasn’t thinking about medalling or anything like that, I just wanted to do the best I could and see where it got me.

“This has just tops off an amazing year for me, and it has been really good.”

Elsewhere, Jake Saywell sits joint 11th after the first day of the individual men’s equestrian competition, picking up one fault aboard his horse Galaxy.

Archer Bradley Denny propelled himself into the last eight of the men’s recurve competition with a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh’s Prennoy Murong.

Bryony Pitman was first up in the women’s competition but she just failed to advance, losing 6-4 to Regina Romero from Guatemala.

However Denny made no mistakes and lifted spirits with a 6-0 victory, and he will now face off against France’s Thomas Koenig on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Over at Xuanwu Lake Team GB canoeists Paul Sunderland and Victoria Murray more than held their own in the sprint event, despite predominantly both being slalom paddlers.

Both Sunderland and Murray advanced into the last 16, courtesy of the repechage, however the quarter-finals proved a step too far for the duo.

And there was success in the ring as the boxing got underway, with Muhammad Ali and Peter McGrail both advancing to the semi-finals.

McGrail, fighting in the -56kg category, saw off the challenge of Slovakian Michal Takacs, winning by split decision.

And Ali, in the -52kg event, set up a rematch with American Stevenson Shakur – who beat him in the gold medal match at the AIBA Youth World Championships in Bulgaria in April – as he stormed into the semi-finals with a split-decision victory over Masud Yusifzada from Azerbaijan.

“It was a hard first fight because he is a world bronze medallist as well,” said Ali. “And I have not really been sparring much because I have got a cut over my left eye.

“So it has been my first spar in a while and it was a hard fight as well, so I am just glad I got through it.

“The next fight is going to be hard as well but at least I have got my rustiness out of the way.”

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