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GB's Oliver Golding wins doubles gold at Youth Olympics

Oliver Golding

Golding delighted with doubles gold

Great Britain's Oliver Golding won a gold medal in the boys' doubles at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore.

The 16-year-old partnered Czech Jiri Vesely to beat Russian duo Victor Baluda and Mikhail Biryukov 6-3 6-1.

Leading 4-1 in the first set when rain halted play, the pair returned the next day to seal victory and make up for Golding's quarter-final singles exit.

Junior Wimbledon semi-finalist Golding said: "A gold medal, it's what I came here to get and now I've got one."

Golding felt the fact that he and Vesely did not allow the repeated rain delays to affect their focus was key to their success.

"Sometimes it can be tough on your concentration, especially when it's pouring down and you know you're going to be a while, but we were never sure whether we were going to come back on again," said the Londoner.


"It's tough to keep focus but I thought we did really well. We came back this morning, a little bit shaky at the start but we held on to the first set and after that played a great second set."

Golding moves on to next month's junior US Open and revealed that he and Vesely will renew their partnership at Flushing Meadows having never played together before Singapore.

"We're going to play together at the junior US Open in a couple of weeks' time so hopefully we can get a title there as well," he said.

"It's been amazing, a great experience, and something I'll remember for the rest of my life for sure."

Team GB has 39 athletes competing in 16 Olympic sports at the Games.

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