• Yu, Deldio fall short in Youth Olympics


    NANJING: Swimmer Roxanne Yu and triathlete Vicky Deldio gave their best for the Philippines but couldn’t leave a mark in the second Youth Olympic Games.

    The 16-year-old Filipinas were pitted against the best in their respective events Sunday and found it hard to keep pace in the first day of intense action here.

    Yu, a scholar at the British International School in Phuket, saw action in the qualifying heats of the girls’ 100-meter backstroke at the Nanjing Olympic Center Natatorium.

    She booked a time of one minute and 5.16 second to surpass her previous personal best of 1:05.20.

    The 5-foot-5 swimmer under high-precision coach Simon Jones of Australia finished fourth in her heat that was won by Eleni Anna Koutsoveli of Greece in 1:03.48.

    After the five heats involving 33 swimmers, Yu ranked 26th. Only the top 16 swimmers led by Clara Smiddy of the United States (1:01.73) made it to the finals set Sunday evening.

    Yu said it was a great experience for her to swim against the best in her field.

    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.

    Deldio, a first-year college student at University of the Philippines, saw action at the Xuanwu Lake triathlon course.

    The natural swimmer from Subic 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 course.

    Deldio had split times of 13:08 (swim), 51:13 (bike) and 22:26 (run).


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