Youth Olympics: Rowing pair win second British gold

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Great Britain picked up their second gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games after the rowers Georgia Howard-Merrill and Fiona Gammond won the junior women's pairs on day four in Singapore yesterday.

The pair held off the Australian duo of Emma Basher and Olympia Aldersey and the Greek team of Eleni Diamanti and Lydia Ntalamagka to triumph in a time of 3min 28.60sec. "We're so surprised," said Howard-Merrill. "We came out of the semi-finals yesterday in such a bad state because we got the fifth-best time, but it all came together today."

But there was disappointment in the junior men's pairs final, with the British duo Ed Nainby-Luxmoore and Caspar Jopling finishing fourth.

On the track, David Bolarinwa set the fastest time in the 100m heats with a run of 10.62sec. Annie Tagoe won her heat in the girls' 100m in 11.78sec while Charlie Grice ran the fastest time in the boys' 1,000m heats, 2min 24.74sec.

Sophie McKinna made the "A" final of the shot put with a best of 14.30m, while Freya Jones finished seventh in the javelin with a mark of 48.24m to also qualify.

In the pool, Ellie Faulkner missed out on a place in the final of the 200m freestyle by 0.35sec, her time of 2:04:44 the ninth-fastest in the heats.

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