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Young Russian athletes 2nd best at 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China

August 28, 2014, 21:41 UTC+3 NANJING
President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov described the performance of the Russian team at the Youth Olympics "outstanding"
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NANJING, August 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian national team finished the 2014 Youth Summer Olympics in China’s Nanjing in the second place of the overall medal standings, having won a total of 57 medals.

The young Russian athletes managed to grab at the Youth Olympics, which closed with an official ceremony on Thursday night, a total 27 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze medals and became the second strongest team after hosts China, which boasts 65 medals (38 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze).

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov described the performance of the Russian team at the Youth Olympics "outstanding".

“The Russian team outstandingly performed at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing,” Zhukov said. “However, I must name all athletes since 70 of them competing in individuals managed to win 57 medals, including 27 gold,” the Russian sports official said.

“I am sure that many among those, who successfully performed at the Youth Games, will make it to our national team and become the winners of the Olympics,” Zhukov said. “This is our prime reserve, which will enable Russia to maintain leading positions in the world of sports.” “I would like to particularly thank coaches and fans for the support of our young athletes,” the ROC president added.

The 2nd Youth Summer Olympic Games were held in China’s Nanjing between August 16 and 28.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Youth Games on Thursday, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach called them “flawless.”

“The organization of these Games was perfectly flawless,” he said before announcing the Youth Games in China closed and inviting for the next 2018 Youth Games in Argentina.

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