Argentina had another successful couple of days at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics taking place in Buenos Aires, bringing their medal count to 20. At the moment this article is being written, the Argentine delegation stands in seventh place out of the 208 countries competing, with nine gold, five silver and six bronze medals.
Argentina’s performance stands in sharp contrast to the one from the last Summer Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China) when the country ended the competition in 41st place with only one gold medal.
The Argentine athletes aged between 15 and 18 years old won gold in BMX freestyle cycling, women’s beach handball, women’s hockey 5s, men’s rugby sevens, men’s tennis doubles, mixed two person multihull sailing, men’s 3×3 dunk contest, women’s single scull rowing and mens 5kg shot put.
These successes were kicked off on October 10 when María Sol Ordas won Argentina’s first gold of the year in women’s single scull rowing. The 18 year old’s parents were also both Olympic rowers and she has been rowing since she 2013. Ordas placed first in the 2017 South American Youth Games.
In the rankings thus far, the Russian Federation stands in first with a grand total of 48 medals, half of which are gold. With three days left and many events that Argentina is still in the running for, the current medal count is still up in the air.
One of the most fiercely anticipated events was the women’s beach handball final, which Argentina won against Croatia on Saturday. After this win, reports showed that there has been a large influx of youth signing up to play handball locally in the country.