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Wrestler Pooja Dhanda wins silver at Youth Olympics

August 16, 2010 19:56 IST

Woman wrestler Pooja Dhanda won India's first medal at the Youth Olympic Games while shuttlers Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy kept themselves in contention after the second day in the inaugural event in Singapore.

After beating three opponents without conceding a point, Pooja lost 1-3 to Baatarzorig Battsetseg of Mongolia in the final and had to settle for a silver in the 60kg freestyle category.

The Indian beat American Burkert Jenna Rose (3-0), local wrestler Puteri Erna Natasha (4-0) and Ahmed Dzhanan of Bulgaria (3-0) in Group A en route to the final.

In badminton, Sai Praneeth beat Asher Richarson of New Zealand 21-12, 21-12 before notching an identical win over Cuba Mario of Persia in the boys' singles to place second in Pool H.

After a resounding first day, H S Prannoy continued his rampaging form and thrashed Phetphanom Keophiachan of Laos 21-11, 21-12 to top pool C.

In tennis, junior Australian Open champion and sixth seed Yuki Bhambri made a wining start, beating German Kevin Krawietz 6-3, 6-0 to set up a second round clash with Huang Llang-Chi.

However, he and his Filipino partner Patrombon Jeson were shown the door in the boys' doubles as they lost in the first round 7-6(3), 5-7, 4-10 to Dzumhur Damir and Pavic Mate at the Kallang Tennis center court.

In swimming, Aaron Agnel D'Souza finished third in the men's 200m freestyle, clocking 1:53:35 seconds at the Sports school.

Magavi Arhatha clocked 1:05:18s to finish fifth in the women's 100m freestyle while in the 200m butterfly she placed  seventh with a timing of 2:32:91.

In basketball, India went down to Serbia 19-33 in the preliminary Group A match of the boys' event.

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