Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day Three Review

19 August 2014 / 17:04

Gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran was lost for words after winning Youth Olympic Games all-around gold.

After qualifier for the men’s all-around final in first place, all eyes were back on Regini-Moran as he looked to back up Sunday’s opener.

And the 16-year-old didn’t disappoint as he once again didn’t put a foot wrong on any of the sixth apparatus to take gold with a score of 84.725.

In a sublime performance Regini-Moran top scored on the floor, vault and parallel bars while he produced the second best score on the high bar.

“I feel absolutely amazing – it is an incredible achievement,” said Regini-Moran, who over the weekend will contest five of the six apparatus finals as he goes in search of more silverware in Nanjing.

“The best bit of the competition was finishing my bars routine clean and knowing that had won me the gold medal.

“This means everything to me. I have been working so hard for this one moment and now my dream has come true, I can hardly believe it, it’s unreal.

“It is unbelievable I can’t believe I have just won the Youth Olympic Games all-around final.”

Not to be outdone, Team GB’s male swimmers went one better than their female counterparts and claimed 4x100m freestyle relay gold.

The quartet of Duncan Scott, Miles Munro, Martyn Walton and Luke Greenbank led from start to finish to take victory in 3:21.19 minutes.

“I am so happy that we have won the gold medal and I can’t quite believe it to be honest,” Scott said.

“We knew we had a chance going into it as Great Britain won the same gold at the European Junior Championships earlier in the year but to have an Olympic gold too is amazing.

“We all dug deep and gave it everything we had because we knew it was going to be tough and we were going to had to fight for it.

“We have all had a tough week so far but this is a great result and one we can all be really pleased with.

“There is also a mini competition between the boys and girls in Team GB and they won two silver medals the day before so we had to come out and win gold really.”

Elsewhere in the pool Munro and Scott both qualified for tomorrow’s 50m freestyle final while Charlotte Atkinson followed suit in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

However there was disappointments for Jessica Fullalove and Charlotte Atkinson as they failed to advance from their respective 200m backstroke and 50m butterfly heats in the morning session.

Elsewhere, Robert MacIntyre got his golf assault up and running, carding a three under par 69 to sit joint fifth after day one.

There were contrasting fortunes for Team GB's rowers at Xuanwu Lake as Chris Lawrie and Anna Thornton eyed up their respective men's and women's single sculls medal races. 
Thornton was first up but despite her best efforts her time of 3:51.00 minutes was only good enough for fourth place, with the top three advancing to the medal race, meaning she has to settle for the B final. 
However there was better news for Lawrie as he finished his semi-final in second place in a time of 3:24.13, meaning a spot on the podium is still within his grasp. 
Hanna Brant continued to find the going tough in the sailing, recording finishes of 15th and 20th, but there was better news for Team GB flag bearer Jake Saywell as he helped Europe top the jumping international team event as the equestrian competition got underway.

And there was still time for one more medal on day three as Christian McNeish earned -63kg bronze in the taekwondo.

McNeish was guaranteed a medal after beating Russian Soso Kvartskhava in his opening fight but had to settle for bronze after losing to eventual Brazilian champion Edival Marques Quirino Pontes in his semi-final.

"It means a lot to me because I lost in the quarter-finals of the worlds,” McNeish said.

“I did come in third place at the Youth Olympic qualification but yes at a Youth Olympic Games not everyone gets that opportunity and I'm thankful for it and really.”

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