China Won Most Gold Medals as First Youth Olympics Ended
The very first staging of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) concluded Thursday, August 26, with next host country China taking in the most number of medals.
China hauled in 30 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 5 bronze medals from the newly created quadrennial global sports event. Russia came in second with 18 gold medals and South Korea third with 11 gold medals.
The Mixed NOCs, team events where members came from different countries, usually from the same continent, bagged in 9 gold medals. Host Singapore stood at 62nd place with 2 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.
A total of 97 NOCs (countries) out of 204 were able to win medals from 201 events in 26 sports.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge applauded Singapore for its hosting. He also said that some countries felt that they regret not sending their top athletes to the event indicating now a more promising next staging for the YOG.
Like in any Olympic game staging, the event was not spared with problems and controversies, which include food poisoning outbreak and ticketing problems.
The next host for the games is Nanjing, China to be held in August 16-28, 2014. The first winter edition of YOG will take place in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.