Five moments to remember from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Buenos Aires 2018 thrilled and excited in equal measure, but what were the standout moments?

This Youth Olympic Games had it all: Touching moments, elation, sadness and even new events as the world came together for a celebration of sport.

It was the first Summer Youth Olympics to be held outside of Asia and Buenos Aires was the perfect host.

The Argentine capital's urban energy and passion for sport were on full show as 4,000 young athletes competed for top honours.

Here, we take a look at the top five moments from an unforgettable 13 days.

Men's -66kg Final - Judo  Buenos Aires 2018 YOG
Men's -66kg Final - Judo Buenos Aires 2018 YOGMen's -66kg Final - Judo Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

1) A different kind of Opening Ceremony

There was something special in the air - literally - as Argentinian flag-clad acrobats scaled iconic Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires.

The amazing spectacle overhead was matched only by the excitement of over 200,000 people crammed into the streets below to kick off the games.

The athletes' flag ceremony, complete with deafening roar for the host nation, added a more traditional touch to a memorable evening.

The first gender-equal Olympic event ever also saw a male and female Olympic gold medallist symbolically combine to light the Olympic Cauldron.

Opening Ceremony | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

Opening Ceremony | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

2) Rescued Thai football team honoured

The boys from Thailand's Mu Pa Football Club were honoured guests at the games.

Their story received global attention when they escaped unscathed, after being trapped in a flooded cave for almost two weeks in June.

The "Wild Boars" team made an Opening Ceremony cameo, stayed in the Olympic village and attended several events.

They also got a chance to show what they can do on the field, when taking on River Plate's youth side in a friendly at the iconic Monumental stadium.

That's one high-profile kickabout!

Thai Football Survivors enjoy their Youth Olympic Games experience

Thai Football Survivors enjoy their Youth Olympic Games experience

3) Sorrow with a silver lining

Delfina Narella Pignatiello's tribute to her grandmother melted hearts in Buenos Aires.

After receiving her 800m freestyle swimming silver medal, the Argentine broke down in tears and revealed the word 'abuela' or grandmother on the palm of her hand.

“My grandmother passed away last week, before I started swimming at this championships, so this is for her,” the 18-year-old said after.

A huge crowd cheered 'Delfi' on at the Natatorium to a fantastic result despite the sad circumstances.

4) The badminton rally that (almost) never ended!

The badminton men's semi-finals produced a titanic struggle between, what will surely be two future stars of the sport.

With the game between India's Lakshya Sen and Kodai Naraoka of Japan finely poised at one game set each, a stunning 79-shot rally ensued.

The crowd were left gasping at every whip of the racket and unbelievable save until Naraoka played his shot agonisingly long, eventually losing the match.

The epic encounter may have taken it's toll on the 17-year-old Sen though, who went on to lose the final in straight sets against China's Shifeng Li.

5) All hail Bumblebee!

Russian B-Boy Bumblebee made history in Buenos Aires as he became the first ever breaking champion at the Youth Olympic Games.

Bumblebee, real name Sergei Chernyshev, defeated heavy Japanese favourite Shigekix in the semi-finals before beating Frenchman Martin 4-0 in the final.

Breaking is the most radical new inclusion to the YOG programme and it didn't disappoint - engaging a more youthful, urban crowd around the world.

Not content with just the one medal, Bumblebee also claimed bronze in the mixed team event alongside Austrian B-Girl Ella.

Japanese B-Girl Ramu Kawai, a.k.a. Ram, won the women's competition, as well as mixed team gold alongside Vietnam's B4.

  • B-Boys Gold Medal Final - Breaking |Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

    B-Boys Gold Medal Final - Breaking |Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

  • B-Girls Gold Medal Final - Breaking | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

    B-Girls Gold Medal Final - Breaking | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

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