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    Pinoy athletes Yu and Deldio fall at first hurdle in Youth Olympic Games

    Aug 17, 2014
    Triathlete Vicky Deldio finished 32nd in her race in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

    NANJING – Swimmer Roxanne Yu and triathlete Vicky Deldio failed to make a mark at the start of the second Youth Olympic Games.

    Yu, a 16-year-old scholar at the British International School in Phuket, ranked 26th among 33 swimmers after the heats of the girls’ 100-meter backstroke at the Nanjing Olympic Center Natatorium.

    Her time of one minute and 5.16 second surpassed her previous personal best of 1:05.20 but could only finish fourth in her heat that was won by Eleni Anna Koutsoveli of Greece in 1:03.48.

    Only the top 16 swimmers led by Clara Smiddy of the United States (1:01.73) made it to the finals set on Sunday evening.

    Yu has one event left in this quadrennial event that drew around 3,600 athletes from 202 nations. Overall, there are 222 gold medals staked in 28 sports.

    On Tuesday, she will compete in the 200-meter backstroke.

    Triathlete Deldio, a first-year college student at University of the Philippines, finished in 32nd place with her time of one hour 14 minutes and seven seconds for the 750-m swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run at the Xuanwu Lake triathlon course.

    Deldio had split times of 13:08 (swim), 37:11 (bike) and 22:26 (run).

    Britanny Dutton of Australia won the gold in 59:56, while Stephanie Jenks of the United States took the silver in 1:00.33. Emilie Morier of France settled for the bronze in 1:00:55.

    Ava Loreign Verdeflor will be the lone athlete competing for the Philippines on Monday in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Center.

    On Tuesday, Yu will be back in the pool, while Zion Rose Nelson will race in the 400-m heats on Wednesday.

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    Triathlete Vicky Deldio finished 32nd in her race in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
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