Japan’s Sato gets the first gold in Youth Olympics

Japan’s Yuka Sato won the first gold medal in the inaugural Youth Olympics, racing to a comfortable victory in the women’s triathlon on Sunday.

Sato, 18, finished the race in 1 hour and 49 seconds followed by Australian Ellie Salthouse who finished in 1 hour and 1 minute and 4 seconds and American Kelly Whitley who came in third with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 48 seconds. The 32 athletes swam 750 meters, cycled 20 kilometers and ran 5 kilometers through Singapore’s East Coast Park.

"I made it," Sato said. "I knew this would be the first contest in the Youth Olympics which really got me motivated to go for gold. I really wanted to drive team Japan."

The triathlon started the 12-day event which will feature 3,600 athletes ages 14 to 18 from 204 national olympic committees competing in 26 sports across the Asian city-state.

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