By Sharon Robb
August 22, 2014—-American Hannah Moore won Team USA’s third gold medal on the final day of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Friday at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.
In a close race, Moore won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.05 just ahead of Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet in 4:11.23 and Germany’s Kathrin Demler in 4:11.25.
Moore, headed off to Michigan with teammate Clara Smiddy, who also won gold earlier in the week, took off early in a 2:03.70 split and held off the field in the final 50 meters.
Florida State-bound Daniella Van Den Berg of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her heat in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.14. She was also second in her heat and 15th
overall in the 800-meter freestyle in a best tie 8:59.38, a 13-second time drop.
On Thursday, Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador broke another national record when he won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:02.69, a six-second time drop from his lifetime-best.
St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was fifth in her 400-meter freestyle heat in 4:16.65.
Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter withdrew from the 200-meter backstroke.
On the sixth and final day, five junior world records were broken.
Host China finished with finished with 17 medals including ten gold medals to lead the medal count. Russia followed with 13 medals including six gold. Team USA was fifth with four medals including three gold. Australia was shut out of gold medals. Thirty-one countries earned at least one medal.
Florida had nine swimmers compete, eight from the Florida Gold Coast and one from Florida Swimming.
In other finals:
Rozaliya Naretdinova of Russia won the 50-meter freestyle in a junior world record time of 24.88. Aussie Ami Matsuo took silver and Russian Daria Ustinova was third in 26.39. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks was top U.S. finished placing 16th in the semifinals in 26.39.
Li Guangyuan of China won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in a junior world record of 1:56.94. Russian Evgeny Rylov was second in 1:57.08. Brit Like Greenbank was third in 1:59.03.
Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 100-meter butterfly in a junior world record and national record 58.34 to continue her country’s domination in the stroke.
Brazilian Matheus Santana broke the junior world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.25. His back-half split was 24.90.
Anastasiya Malyavina of the Ukraine won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.43. Korea’s Jiwon Yang took silver in 2:27.31 and Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in 2:27.66.
Hungary went one-two in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with Tamas Kenderesi winning in a junior world record time of 1:55.95 and Benjamin Gratz finishing second in 1:57.71. Italian Giacomo Carini was third in 1:58.14.
Nikola Obrovac of Croatia won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.83, just missing a junior world record. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie took silver in 27.94.
China won the final event of the meet, the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:49.33. Russia took silver in 3:50.86 and Australia bronze in 3:52.45.
The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.
With 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees, the 13-day competition continues with 31 sports.
NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are showing 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.
NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.
Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.
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