Team GB 'extraordinary' after record-breaking Youth Olympics

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter in China
Young British athletes show Olympic promise.

British athletes have shown they are an "extraordinary generation" by winning a record 24 medals at the Youth Olympics in China, says Lord Coe.

The British Olympic Association chairman hopes some of them will enjoy senior success at the Olympics in 2016.

Taekwondo's Jade Jones and gymnast Sam Oldham followed up gold at the 2010 Games with medals at London 2012.

"There is no reason why some of these athletes should not be there or thereabouts come Rio," said Coe.

"There is an extraordinary generation of young talent coming through and we saw from the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore that there is a pathway from youth to senior Olympics that for some is only a small journey."

The 2014 squad of 32 athletes won seven golds, six silvers and 11 bronze medals, which is an impressive haul given the 39-strong 2010 line-up claimed 13 medals.

Giarnni Regini-Moran, a 15-year-old gymnast, was one of Team GB's stand-out performers in Nanjing with three gold and two bronze medals.

"This experience has given me so much confidence," he told BBC Sport.

"I've shown that I can perform on this stage, that's something I want to keep doing in the future and compete at a senior Olympics."

Jessica Fullalove
Jessica Fullalove says she wants to share in GB's success in Rio in 2016

Fellow gymnast Ellie Downie - who secured four medals - is another who will be looking to challenge for a place in the Rio squad, as will swimmer Jessica Fullalove.

The 18-year-old won three silver medals in the pool and aims to play her part in the rebuilding of the senior British Swimming team which enjoyed a record-breaking European Championships in Berlin this month.

"I'm really excited about the journey that's ahead of me because I know I have more to come and I want to share in what I know will be a successful Games in Rio," she said.

Becky and Ellie Downie chat to Newsround

Team GB chef de mission Sarah Winckless, a two-time rowing world champion, says she has been impressed by the way her team have performed.

"To be going home to the UK with 24 medals and 12 personal best performances is a fantastic achievement," she told BBC Sport.

"Something really special has happened for this team and it's been an amazing learning experience for them."

The next Youth Olympics will be for winter sports in Lillehammer, Norway in 2016, while the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will host the third summer Youth Olympics in 2018.

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