By Tom Degun in Singapore
August 21 - Jamaica's Skeen Odane showed here at the Summer Youth Olympic Games just why he is being labeled as the next Usain Bolt as he produced a blistering performance in the 100 metres final to record a personal best of 10.42sec and leave British rival David Bolarinwa trailing in third.
The rivalry between Odane and Bolarinwa had made the boy’s 100m final at the Bishan Stadium one of the most highly anticipated events at the Youth Olympic Games and the clash between the pair was predicted to be a fight to the bitter end.
However, the contest never got going as the 15-year-old Jamaican had pulled well clear of the field by the halfway stage and even eased down as he reached the line to claim what was in the end a comfortable victory.
Bolarinwa, who never looked like challenging for gold after the gun sounded, finished in a disappointing third with a time of 10.51.
Surprise package Masaki Nashimoto from Japan took the silver in a personal best of 10.51, the same time as Bolarinwa who he piped to second place courtesy of a photo finish.
The 16-year-old Briton, who received the honour of carrying the flag for Team GB at the Opening Ceremony, claimed that his start had let him down in his biggest race to date.
Bolarinwa said: "The Jamaican got out first and was in front and I had to try and catch him.
"The fact that I didn’t get a good start affected my race; if I had got a good start then I’d definitely have won that race.
"But that is a lesson to be learned."
Britain’s Annie Tagoe agonising finished fourth in the women’s 100m final in 11.73, 0.08 behind bronze medallist Fany Chalas of the Dominican Republic, with Nigeria's Josephine Omaka winning in 11.58.
Tennis star Oliver Golding secured a gold medal this morning alongside his Czech doubles partner Jiri Vesely while gymnast Sam Oldham (pictured) clinched a sensational silver in the men’s pommel horse final.
The 17-year-old finished just behind Oleg Stepko of the Ukraine but looked superb on the apparatus as he picked up Britain’s first silver medal of the inaugural Youth Olympics.
He said: "I’m happy to get a medal for Great Britain I was a bit disappointed in that I was two tenths down on my difficulty so that’s what held me back into second.
"It could’ve gone either way as it was so close."
There was however, a blow in the equestrian with the news that Carian Scudamore, who yesterday claimed gold as part of a five-person European team, will miss the individual show jumping event, for which she was expected to be a strong medal contender, due to an injury to her horse Mighty McGyver.
A British Olympic Association (BOA) statement said: "Team GB equestrian athlete Carian Scudamore will not compete in the individual show jumping event which begins on Sunday 22nd August.
"Carian’s horse was lame on Saturday morning and has been withdrawn from the competition in the interests of the welfare of the horse.
"In keeping with the rules of the competition, which Team GB fully respects, there is no substitution of horses at this stage of the competition.
"Although disappointed not to participate in the individual event, Carian will return from Singapore with a Youth Olympic gold medal, having played an integral part in Team Europe’s victory in the team competition on Friday."
Britain now have a tally of eight medals with Scudamore, Golding, taekwondo star Jade Jones and women’s junior rowing pair of Georgia Howard-Merrill and Fiona Gammond having picked up gold, Oldham a silver and Bolarinwa along with swimmers Rachael Kelly and Ellie Faulker claiming bronze medals.
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