Turkish javelin thrower wins bronze in Youth Olympics

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkish athlete Munevver Hanci is bringing home a bronze medal from the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hanci captured the bronze in the javelin throw late Tuesday by throwing 114.47 meters (376 feet) in total, on day 10 of the Third Youth Olympics, which begun on Oct. 6 and runs through Oct. 18.

Singapore hosted the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in 2010, while the second edition of the international multi-sport event was held in China in 2014.

Featuring some 4,000 athletes, the event will see young people age 15-18 competing in 32 sports and 36 disciplines for 1,250 medals.

New sports such as climbing, futsal, roller sports, and karate will premiere in Buenos Aires before joining the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, along with new disciplines and events such as BMX freestyle, kiteboarding, beach handball, and acrobatic gymnastics.

For the first time in Olympic history, the Youth Olympics will also set a precedent for gender equality with an equal number of female and male athletes.