At the II Second Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China on August 16-28, young Kazakh talents managed to take eight medals: three gold, one silver and four bronze.
These eight medals put Kazakhstan on the 21st place in the standings while China led the Games with 65 medals in total. Russia and the mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) teams made up of athletes representing different Committees occupied the second place.
The Kazakh judoka Bauyrzhan Zhauyntayev took gold in the 55 kilogramme weight category by defeating Natig Gurbanly of Azerbaijan in the final.
The boxer Abylaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan was victorious in the 60 kilogramme category after the final bout with Alain Limonta Buda of Cuba 2:1 and took gold.
And Kazakh wrestler Mukhambet Kuatbek became a gold medallist by beating Russian Amirkhan Guvazhokov (3:1), Armenian Vaginak Matevosyan (3:0), Brahma Richards from New Zealand (4:0) and Venezuelan Eliezer Aulara (4:1).
Another Kazakh boxer Vadim Kazakov took silver, and gave the gold medal to the Bulgarian Blagoja Naidenov with the score 0:3.
Among the bronze medallists were the Greco-Roman wrestler Yevgeniy Polivadov, weightlifters Zhaslan Kaliyev and Tatyana Kapustina, and Kazakhstan’s gymnasts Viktoriya Guslyakova, Amina Kozhakhmet, Nuray Kumarova, Dariya Medvedeva, and Aliya Moldakhmetova.
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event organised by the International Olympic Committee. The games are held every four years in summer and winter.
This year, around 3,600 athletes from 201 nations participated in the Games.