By Tom Degun in Singapore
August 21 - Britain’s young rising tennis star Oliver Golding secured a gold medal at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games here in alongside his Czech doubles partner Jiri Vesely as the pair comfortably triumphed 6-3 6-1 over Russian pair Victor Baluda and Mikhail Biryukov in a rain-affected encounter.
Golding is one of Britain’s top junior prospects and emerged as a potential champion after he reached the semi-final of the Wimbledon junior event earlier this year before going out to top seed and eventual champion Martin Fucsovics of Hungry.
Golding was looking to taste victory in doubles event in Singapore after a promising singles campaign, which saw avenge his Wimbledon juniors loss by taking out Fucsovics in the first round, reached a disappointing conclusion as he fell at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia in a straight sets defeat.
The 16-year-old from Richmond and 17-year-old Vesley began their encounter against the Russian’s yesterday evening and started extremely well as they got off to a 4-1 lead.
However, heavy rain halted play for the day so the players returned this morning with Golding and Jiri in the ascendancy.
The pair capitalised on their over night lead as they took the first set 6-3 and they then went on to dominate as they closed out the second set 6-1.
Golding said: "Before I came here, if someone had told me I would get a medal I wouldn’t have believed them.
"To get one is probably the best moment of my career.
"It feels unbelievable - the best feeling of my life.
"Doubles is all about the energy, keeping the momentum going.
"That’s one of the key points."
Vesely, who lost in the second round of the boys singles, added: "This win is really important.
"I hope this medal will help me in the singles [in the future] as well.”
Golding's victory means that Britain has now claimed a total of six medals, four of which are gold.
Jade Jones won Britain’s first ever Youth Olympic Games medal with victory in the -55kg taekwondo even before women’s junior rowing pair of Georgia Howard-Merrill and Fiona Gammond claimed victory the following day.
Carian Scudamore them claimed gold as part of a five-person European team before swimmers Rachael Kelly and Ellie Faulker both picked up bronze medals in the pool last night.
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