Meilutyte gears up for gold at Youth Olympics, China top table

Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:42am EDT
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NANJING China (Reuters) - London Games gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte cruised through to the women's 100 meters breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, while China surged to the top of the medals table on the third day of competition in Nanjing.

Lithuanian Meilutyte, the world record holder over 50m in the discipline, will swim for her second gold of the Games on Wednesday before hopping on a plane to Berlin bound for the European Championships.

Also making waves on Tuesday was Swiss sharp shooter Sarah Hornung, who took gold in the women's 10m air rifle competition after a tense duel with Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso.

"I knew that a medal was there but I didn’t know which one," said Hornung. "I just knew if I could fight again, I would reach it."

Canadian Tony Gil was also on target when he notched a hole-in-one at the Games' golfing competition. The 16-year-old holed out with a seven iron at the par three third.

Gil's compatriots on the women's rugby team showed they had the stomach for a fight by overcoming home favorites China 26-19 to set up a gold medal game against powerhouse Australia, who thrashed the United States 33-0 in the other semi-final.

Argentina will meet France in the men's final.

The 13-day multi-sport event, which debuted in Singapore four years ago, kicked-off on something of a sour note at the weekend when Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria withdrew due to the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Despite the rough start, Han Dong, assistant director of the marketing department for Nanjing's Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said at a media briefing on Tuesday the Games were proving a big hit.   Continued...

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania celebrates winning the women's 100m Medley final during the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championship in Herning, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Claus Fisker/Scanpix Denmark