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Athletes to watch out for: Where are Nanjing 2014 YOG stars now?

Youth Olympic Games were established in 2010 with the intention to educate, engage, influence, and inspire young athletes to play an active role in their communities. Every four years more than 200 countries and 3,600 athletes between 14 to 18 years participate in Winter and Summer Games and show to the world their outstanding abilities.

In many aspects, YOG is one of the most significant events for young talents to shine and therefore a stepping stone for a successful career as a professional. Let’s take a look at how the future unfolded for some of the stars of Nanjing 2014.

Sara Ahmed


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Sarah Ahmed of Team Egypt wins bronze in weightlifting today #Egypt #rio2016 #Olympics #weightlifting #womenwholift

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Weightlifter Sara Ahmed (21), a 63kg gold medallist in Nanjing, took up the sport in 2010 and made a habit of collecting medals at major international championships since 2012. She enjoyed victories at the Mediterranean Games (2013, 2018), African Games (2015), World Junior Championships (2015, 2018) and World Youth Championships (2013, 2015). She represented Egypt at Olympic Games Rio 2016 and won a bronze medal in the 69kg category, becoming the first Arab woman to ever receive an Olympic weightlifting medal, as well as the first Egyptian woman to receive an Olympic medal in any discipline.

Shakur Stevenson


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Student of the game, I’m just ahead of my class I’m that nigga, but I never got my head up my ass! #ChasingGreatness ?

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US boxer Shakur Stevenson (21) managed to win the YOG title in Nanjing, with a series of imperious performances in the -52 kg division. He also won 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships and US Olympic Trials to qualify for the Olympic Games Rio 2016. He has been dubbed as “the next Mayweather” by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr himself and managed to obtain silver in Rio, losing to Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the gold medal match. Stevenson turned professional in 2017 signing a promotional contract with Top Rank and Andre Ward, American former professional boxer, as his manager. Since then he managed to win 10 fights.

Fan Zhendong


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地表最强12人 #tablesetting #china #fanzhendong

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Chinese table tennis star Fan Zhendong (22) joined Chinese National Table Tennis Team in 2012 as the youngest member of the team and went on to become the youngest ITTF World Tour Champion and the youngest World Table Tennis Champion. He won YOG gold in both the men’s singles and mixed team events in Nanjing and is currently ranked world No. 1 for men’s singles by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Zhendong has a large fanbase worldwide, with over half a million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo. He won the ITTF Star Point Award in 2016 and was nominated for the Best Male Star Award every year between 2013 and 2016.

Panipak Wongpattanakit


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ขอบคุณค่ะ // Thank you ! ???? (ยังๆ ยังไม่กลับจากจีนอีก555555?)

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Thailand’s taekwondo athlete Panipak Wongpattanakit (21) already showed her talent before YOG gold in Nanjing, winning at the 2013 US Open, 2013 Youth Asian Championships and 2014 Asian Championships. Just a year after YOG she also topped the podium at the 2015 World Championships and managed to obtain bronze at Olympic Games Rio 2016, beating Mexico’s Itzel Manjarrez. Panipak continued her triumph with a gold medal in 2017 South East Asian Games and 2018 Asian Game and is sure to enjoy many more opportunities in the future.

Renato Paratore


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Compagno di mille avventure…. seiii un grandeee @migliaus !!#winner #easy

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Golf made its YOG debut in Nanjing and Italian Renato Paratore (22) made history by becoming the event’s first-ever gold medallist in the men’s individual event. As an amateur, he also won the Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, the Portuguese Amateur Championship, the Trofeo International Umberto Agnelli and the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship between 2013 and 2014. By the end of 2014, aged just 17 years, he had become the third youngest player to qualify for the European Tour, and has since then has established himself on the professional circuit. At the Open de France 2015, he became the first player in European Tour history to score a four on every hole and enjoyed three top-10 finishes in 2016. He earned his first European Tour win at the 2017 Nordea Masters.

Kyle Chalmers


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Pumped to be joining and captaining the @isl_londonteam along side my brother @adam_peaty Looking forward to getting stuck in!

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Australian swimmer Kyle Chalmers (20) went on to star at the 2015 World Junior Championships, winning seven medals (three of them gold), after winning three relay bronze medals at YOG 2014 in Nanjing. He qualified for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and became the first Australian to win the Olympic 100m freestyle title since 1968. Bronze medals followed in both the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays to cap an incredible Olympic debut. Chalmers has undergone successful heart surgery in 2017 and returned on track, winning the gold medal for the men’s 200-metre freestyle at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Youth Olympic Games athletes are definitely the ones to watch out for and we wonder how it’s going to unfold for those who shone in Buenos Aires last year, at YOG 2018. Some of them would probably be more than suitable for a campaign on our platform, what do you think? ?

Source: Olympic

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