POSTED: Thursday August 26th 2010

Annecy 2018 congratulates the young French athletes who shone in Singapore

The French team took home overall 15 medals.

France’s 61 athletes completed their medal haul at the first edition of the Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore on Thursday. Their impressive performances quickly drew praise from Edgar Grospiron, an Olympic Champion and CEO of the Annecy 2018 bid who was in Singapore to support the youngsters, and Florence Masnada, an Olympic Medalist and Ambassador for Annecy 2018 charged with mobilizing support in the world of sport. Together, the duo congratulated the young athletes on behalf of the entire Annecy 2018 Bid Committee.

Following on from the success of sprinter Christophe Lemaitre at the 2010 European Championships and the superb showing of France’s swimmers at their own continental meet in Budapest - where they secured eight titles and 21 medals overall -  the country was given a thrilling insight into the next generation of talent in Singapore. France’s young champions took part in no fewer than 18 of the 26 sports contested at the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

“Strengthened by their desire to see the French flag waving high during these first Youth Olympic Games, these young athletes pulled off superb performances in numerous disciplines to collect 15 medals for France (6 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze),” explained Edgar Grospiron, on hand to encourage the budding champions.

“These youngsters showed through their commitment during the competition that France is a sporting stronghold that produces many champions, and from a very young age as well,” added the General Manager of the French candidate city. “They have been through a unique Olympic experience and saw how important that can be for a country and its athletes. Along with the world of sport, youth is another pillar of the bid. Annecy 2018 intends to involve young people in its Olympic adventure, in particular through its programme to mobilize a million youngsters in the region. France’s medals at the YOG demonstrate that we can and must put our faith in young French athletes to make sure that the tricolor flag flies proudly above the highest step of the various podiums.”

Florence Masnada, Olympic Medalist and Ambassador for Annecy 2018 in charge of mobilizing support in the world of sport added: “Annecy 2018 is fortunate enough to count on the support of a very large number of French athletes in all sports and young athletes who represent the future of French sport. That constitutes a major asset for our project, which is a bid supported by champions for champions.”

Youth Games tally:
15 medals for
France, including:

6 gold medals:
- Swimming - W 50m Backstroke = Mathilde Cini
- Swimming - M 100m Freestyle = Mehdy Metella
- Swimming - W 50m Freestyle = Anna Santamans
- Athletics - W hammer = Alexia Sedykh
- Athletics - 400m hurdles = Aurélia Chaboudez
- Boxing - M S. Heavy (+91kg) = Tony Yoka

2 silver medals:
- Swimming - M 4x100m medley relay = Jordan Coelho, Ganesh Pedurand, Mehdy Metella, Thomas Rabeisen
- Athletics - W triple jump = Sokhna Gallé

7 bronze medals:
- Swimming - Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay = Mathilde Cini, Thomas Rabeisen, Anna Santamans, Mehdy Metella
- Rowing - W single sculls = Noémie Kober
- Swimming - W 50m butterfly = Anna Santamans
- Taekwondo - W
-63kg = Samantha Silvestri
- Taekwondo - W +63kg = Faiza Taoussara
- Handball = France boys team
- Table tennis - M singles = Simon Gauzy

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Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Olympic Bidding · Edgar Grospiron · YOG · Singapore 2010

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