The Youth Olympic Games bring together the world's young sporting superhumans together to compete in a 13-day elite competition. TEARAWAY Maverick KATE SPENCE checks out how our Kiwi representatives they’ve been getting on.

Triathlon

It was a dramatic ending in the men’s triathlon, as Daniel Hoy (NZL) and Ben Dijkstra (UK) sprinted to the finish line after a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Hoy tried a last surge at the line, only to be beated by mere microseconds. It was a close race, with bronze medalist Emil Deleuran Hansen (DEN) just six seconds behind.

Hockey

The New Zealand hockey teams are both competing well. The girls have won all their five-aside games so far. Last week they beat Germany 4-1 in a brilliant game that managed to keep Germany out of their goal box. The guy’s team played exquisitely on Monday, beating Zambia 8-2, then going on to beat Mexico 7-0 on Tuesday. 

Weight Lifting

Cameron McTaggart, 17, broke the New Zealand youth 69kg weightlifting clean and jerk record, lifting 131kg, with Commonwealth gold medalist coach Richie Patterson standing by his side. McTaggart was one of five athletes who were able to lift all three attempts.

Golf

Julianne Alvarez, 17, was in 5th position after the first round of 18 holes in the golf. There are three rounds all together, played over three days.  It’s tough competition, with 32 players in both the men’s and the women’s competitions, so Julianne Alvarez will have her work cut out for her.

Gymnastics

Millie Williamson, 14, is the third youngest athlete at the Youth Olympic Games this year. The student from Te Kura Correspondence School earned a score of 48.350 in artistic gymnastics, which placed her 19th overall, just shy of qualification for the next round of competition.

Swimming

Bobbi Gichard put New Zealand on the medal table in her brilliant bronze finish for the 100m backstroke on Tuesday. The Hawkes Bay swimmer was just 3/100ths of a second from the winner, USA's Clara Smiddy. This is pretty impressive, as Gichard is the youngest swimmer in her pursuit.

Basketball

After three games in three days, our 3x3 Basketball team couldn’t quite match the Argentine team on Wednesday, losing 14-9. With two wins and one loss, the team is in good stead to face Serbia tomorrow.

Beach Volleyball

Kahurangi Robinson, 17, from Rotorua, and Nathaniel Moore, 18, from Tauranga, are competing in a two-man beach volleyball team for New Zealand. It was a tough game for the duo, competing against the world champs Brazil.


For more information, follow the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games here or follow the #yogselfie competition that is going on instagram.

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