DIMA KROYTOR 311.
(photo credit: Wong Maye-E/AP)
It was another successful weekend for Israel’s delegation to the inaugural Youth Olympics, with Dima Kroytor and Yakov Toumarkin claiming gold and silver medals, respectively, to take the blue-andwhite’s medal tally in the games to five.
The 17-year-old Kroytor, who won the gold at the World Youth Championships last July, finished first in the high-jump competition on Saturday, clearing 2.19-meters in his third attempt.
In the pool, Toumarkin came second in the 200m backstroke race on
Friday, touching the wall after 1:59.39 minutes, to take his second
silver medal in the Olympics after finishing as runner-up in the 100m
back as well.
In the men’s basketball tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, Israel lost 24-21 to Croatia in the quarterfinals.
In other events, Odane Skeen of Jamaica ran 10.42 seconds to win the
boys’ 100 gold Saturday, beating Masaki Nashimoto of Japan and David
Bolarinwa of Britain. Josephine Omaka of Nigeria won the girls’ 100 gold
ahead of Myasia Jacobs of the United States and Fany Chalas of the
Ekaterina Bleskina of Russia beat out Michelle Jenneke of Australia to
win the gold in the 100-meter hurdles while Luguelin Santos of the
Dominican Republic took gold in the 400 meters, ahead of Ruan Greyling
of South Africa.
The inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore involves 3,600 athletes ages
14 to 18 from 204 national Olympic committees competing in 26 sports.
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday that up
to 17 countries have expressed interest in hosting future Youth
Olympics, including the United States and others from Africa and Latin
The inaugural youth winter games will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, in
2012 and the summer games in Nanjing, China in 2014. Lillehammer,
Norway, which hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, is the only city that has
expressed an interest in hosting the 2016 winter games, and has until
November to submit a formal bid, the IOC said.
The IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli said Saturday
that an African and Latin American country as well as "some cities in
the United States" have expressed interest in hosting the event in 2018
and beyond, but would not name them.
“We have had discussions with the USOC [U.S. Olympic Committee] and some
cities in the U.S. who have the idea for the winter or summer games,"
Felli said. "One day, they would like to come with a bid.”
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the IOC is emphasizing the use of existing
facilities to make the youth event more attractive to cities with
“It gives them a chance to participate, to take part in the whole
Olympic ideal,” Adams said. “That is why there is interest from cities
which would probably never have thought of getting involved and could
never see themselves as serious contenders for staging an Olympic