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  • 28 August 2014 00:00
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Record breaking performance from Team GB at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

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Team GB produced a record breaking performance at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games by securing an impressive 24 medals in China as they secured seven gold, six silver and eleven bronze medals.

The 33 strong squad were competing at the second Summer Youth Olympics following the inaugural event in Singapore in 2010 and they took part in 13 of the 28 Olympic sports on the programme.

There were 12 personal best performances from Team GB at Nanjing 2014 and many will now be turning their sights to Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Hope will be high after number of the Team GB athletes at the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics went on to medal success at London 2012 including Olympic taekwondo Champion Jade Jones, Olympic diving bronze medallist Tom Daley and Olympic gymnastics bronze medallist Sam Oldham.

Team GB Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless is confident that competing at the Youth Olympics will be an invaluable for the young athletes. 

"It has been an unforgettable eleven days of competition here in Nanjing for our 33 athletes.

"I have been so impressed at how they have all handled themselves and how they have made the very most of the Nanjing Games.

"To be going home to the UK with 24 medals and 12 personal best performances is a fantastic achievement.

"Not only have all of our athletes excelled on the field of play but they have also thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the Culture and Education Programme has given them a chance to learn more about important issues like leading healthy lifestyles, the dangers of doping, dealing with the media and how to cope with the pressure of representing your country at major events.

"I have no doubt that this experience will have aided many of team on their journey to Rio 2016 or indeed Tokyo in 2020 giving them a taste of the Olympic environment as well as competing against and mixing with athletes from different nations and cultures and sports.”

Swimmer Jessica Fullalove, who won three silver medals in the pool at the Games, said the experience had been amazing. 

"I really enjoyed the whole competition and it was a lot of fun being part of Team GB and going to see and talk to people from other sports,” she said. 

"It really shows you what a senior Olympics is like and I would love to do that one day.”

Standout performances for Team GB came from male gymnast Giarnni Regini Moran as he picked up three gold and two bronze medals alongside male triathlon star Ben Dijkstra, who took double gold.

"There is no reason why some of these athletes should not be there or thereabouts come Rio," added British Olympic Assocation (BOA) Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe.

"There is an extraordinary generation of young talent coming through and we saw from the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore that there is a pathway from youth to senior Olympics that for some is only a small journey."

Team GB Medallists: Nanjing 2014

Gold – 7
Ben Dijkstra – men’s individual -triathlon
Ben Dijkstra – mixed nations relay -triathlon
Luke Greenbank, Miles Munro, Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton - men's 4x100m freestyle relay - swimmming
Giarnni Regini Moran – men’s all-around -gymnastics
Giarnni Regini Moran – men’s floor - gymnastics
Giarnni Regini Moran – men’s vault - gymnastics
Jake Saywell - mixed-nation team event - equestrian

Silver – 6
Charlotte Atkinson, Georgina Evans, Jess Fullalove, Amelia Maughn – women’s 4x100m medley relay - swimmingEllie Downie  - women’s vault - gymnastics
Jess Fullalove – 50m backstroke -swimming
Jess Fullalove – 100m backstroke -swimming
Sian Rainsley - mixed nations relay triathlon
Francesca Summers – women’s individual -modern pentathlon

Bronze - 11
Muhammad Ali  -  men’s -52kg - boxing
Ellie Downie – women’s all-around - gymnastics
Ellie Downie  - women’s beam - gymnastics
Ellie Downie – women’s floor - gymnastics
Luke Greenbank – 200m backstroke -  swimming
Peter McGrail  - men’s -56kg - boxing
Christian McNeish  - men’s -63kg - taekwondo
Peter Miles  - mixed nations team event - judo
Giarnni Regini-Moran men’s high bar-  gymnastics
Giarnni Regini-Moran  - men’s parallel bar - gymnastics
Abigail Stones – women’s -44kg - taekwondo
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