The marquee 100m didn’t fail to provide storylines at the Youth Olympics.
Sydney Siame took the fastest man at the Nanjing Games title in 10.56 seconds, just .01 over Japan’s Kenta Oshima. That came after Jamaican favorite Raheem Chambers pulled out before the final. Chambers suffered a reported hamstring injury in winning his preliminary heat.
Siame’s victory was notable given Zambia has never won an Olympic gold medal.
The women’s favorite also did not contest the 100m final. Poland’s Ewa Nikola Swoboda was disqualified for a false start after “she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off,” Reuters reported.
Swoboda clocked 11.30 seconds in her preliminary heat, .34 faster than anybody else over all the heats. In the final, China’s Liang Xiaojing prevailed in 11.65.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra‘s coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Saturday from 9-11 p.m. ET. NBC has coverage Sunday from noon-1 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN from 9-10.
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15-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Thursday night in the ladies’ free skate in PyeongChang.
Yevgenia Medvedeva, her training partner and the two-time world champion, earned silver by a margin of 1.31 points. That’s the exact margin Zagitova led Medvedeva by after the short program on Tuesday.
This marks the first time two women from the same country have shared the ladies’ figure skating podium since Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan in 1998. Speaking of Lipinski – Zagitova is less than a month older than Lipinski was when she won gold in Nagano, and Zagitova is now the second-youngest individual ladies’ Olympic champion in history.
Kaetlyn Osmond earned bronze – Canada’s first Olympic medal in ladies’ figure skating since 2010.
Gold: Alina Zagitova (OAR)
Silver: Yevgenia Medvedeva (OAR)
Bronze: Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
9. Bradie Tennell (USA)
10. Mirai Nagasu (USA)
11. Karen Chen (USA)
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Canadian skiers Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the top spots in women’s ski cross at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, giving Canada its third consecutive gold medal in this event.
Switzerland’s Fanny Smith edged out Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund in the big final to claim the final spot on the podium.
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