Youth Olypmics: Oldham strikes gold but Daley sinks to ninth
Monday 23 August 2010
Sam Oldham won Team GB's third gold, and their eighth medal overall, at the Youth Olympic Games after a faultless routine saw the Nottingham gymnast triumph in the men's horizontal bar final.
Oldham was first to go but held his nerve to post a score of 14.375 points before facing an anxious wait, but none of the seven subsequent competitors were able to surpass his mark.
"I'm really happy because that sort of made up for everything that has gone on this week," he said. "It's been a difficult week and when I came here I just wanted to get a gold medal and I've done it now, which is great."
Oldham had seen his chances of a medal in Wednesday's individual all-around final ruined by a critical mistake on the same apparatus. Another error earlier in the evening, when he stumbled upon landing, meant he missed out on a medal in the parallel bars by 0.100 points, finishing fourth. Ukrainian Oleg Stepko won gold.
Meanwhile, a poor third dive cost Tom Daley when the 16-year-old could only manage ninth in the three-metre springboard final in which China's Qiu Bo took gold.
Daley, who is currently recovering from a tricep injury, said: "It happens on the day in sport and I just have to keep my chin up going into the junior world championships next week and make sure my tricep feels better so I can dive on 10m.
"I'm going to watch the 10-metre final and hopefully not feel too gutted that I'm not in it. Now is the time I wish my tricep wasn't bad so I could show people I can dive well.
"The Commonwealth Games is the next big one, so I'm looking forward to that one. These kind of competitions when you don't do well make you even more determined to do well in the next one."
Earlier, on day eight, Charlie Grice ran a personal best and benefited from Abdelhadi Labali's disqualification to win bronze in the boys' 1,000m.
Grice crossed the line fourth at a sweltering Bishan Stadium in a time of two minutes 21.85sec but was promoted to third after the Moroccan was penalised for stepping off the track.
"I saw the boy go off the track about three times so I knew that he must be disqualified," Grice said. "I was in fifth position, so I just kicked on with about 50 metres to go."
Ethiopia's Mohammed Geleto claimed gold in 2min 19.54sec.
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