From Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid
NANJING, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Host China dominated the medal collection on the first day of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG 2014) by winning three of the 14 gold medals on offer Sunday.
Russia and the United States share second spot after winning a gold, a silver and bronze each while Australia who had the honour of winning the first gold medal of the YOG 2014 through Brittany Dutton in the women's triathlon, are fourth in the standing.
Thailand became the only South East Asian country to win a gold medal today after Wongpattanakit Panipak beat Ozbek Ceren from Azerbaijan in the women's 44kg category taekwondo event.
Though Malaysia have yet to make it to the medal standings, a number of shuttlers had registered wins today to keep the medal hopes alive.
Apart from wins by Cheam June Wei (men's singles) and Lee Ying Ying (women's singles), June Wei partnered Hong Kong's Tsz Yau Ng to beat Wolfgang Gnedt (Austria)/Sabrina Solis (Mexico) 21-17, 22-20. Unlike in other championships or games where mixed doubles pairs are made up of players from their own country, the YOG 2014 has set a unique rule that prevents mixed doubles pairs from the same country to partner each other.....