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Russian sports minister lauds national youth team’s results at Nanjing Games

August 29, 2014, 21:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The 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
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, August 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko described the performance of the national team at the recently concluded 2nd Summer Youth Olympic in China’s Nanjing as "outstanding".

The 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.

“Our guys put up an outstanding performance,” the minister said. “Thus, they have proved once again that our country is among the leaders in the preparation of reserves.”

The minister pointed to the fact that the national youth team yielded the first place in the overall medal standings to hosts China.

“We may draw a conclusion that the system of preparations is definitely at a high level,” Mutko said. “We now need to work on their (young athletes') transfer from the reserves to the national team.”

On Thursday, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov also praised the performance of the Russian team at the Youth Olympics as "outstanding".

“I would like to particularly point out our (Russian) swimmers, wrestlers, field-and-track athletes, gymnasts, fencers, weightlifters,” Zhukov said. “However, I must name all athletes since 70 of them competing in individuals managed to win 57 medals, including 27 gold,”

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).

The United States team finished in the third place of the overall medals standings having won a total of 22 medals (10 gold, five silver and seven bronze).

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

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