The best of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

There were heaps of memorable moments from Buenos Aires and here's a recap of our favourites

The Youth Olympic Games was an action-packed 13 days with memorable moments aplenty.

From emotional tributes, to impressive feats of athleticism and everything in between, Buenos Aires 2018 had it all.

With 32 sports being played across eight venues, you would be forgiven for not seeing every special occasion.

With that in mind, check out our favourite ones below.

Behind the scenes at the YOG breaking final

Our reporter Ed Knowles was at the Urban Park watching the world's top youn...

Team embrace - Africa style!

The hockey 5s competition produced some stunning goals, but perhaps the most memorable moment came off the pitch.

Namibia drew 3-3 with Zimbabwe to knock them out of the tournament, before showing humility and compassion by embracing their fellow Africans afterwards.

First-class sportsmanship: Tick!

Table tennis etiquette of the highest order

Another selfless act took place in the table tennis arena.

China's Chuqin Wang deliberately hit the ball into the net when he was 10-0 up against Japanese top-seed Tomokazu Harimoto, handing his opponent a point in the men's singles final.

The Japanese failed to return the next service to complement Wang for his sporting gesture.

Wang went on to win the gold medal, which was fitting reward for being such a good sport.

The only way is up for Japan

It was better news for Japan in the men's sport climbing as Keita Dohi and Shuta Tanaka secured gold and silver respectively in the combined competition.

With sport climbing set to make its full Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, both athletes will surely be eyeing up further honours on home soil.

Dohi placed second on the speed wall, before winning the bouldering and finished third on the lead.

Men's Combined Lead Finals - Sport Climbing | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

Hosted at the Sport Climbing Wall of the Buenos Aires Urban Park, the final...

Delfi's 'abuela' tribute

Home hero Delfina Narella Pignatiello broke down when giving a tribute to her grandmother in Buenos Aires.

The 800m freestyle swimming silver medallist revealed the word 'abuela' or grandmother on her palm while on the podium, and there weren't many dry eyes watching on.

“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.

Argentine cries for her grandmother

Delfina Narella Pignatiello sheds tears on the podium after winning silver ...

Ambitious Diaz leaps into YOG record books

Cuba's Jordan Diaz must have been one of the most dominant athletes heading into the games.

The reigning triple jump youth World Champion underlined his credentials in Buenos Aires by setting a new Youth Olympic Games record (16.70m) on his first jump.

The 17-year-old then increased that mark to 17.14m, which unsurprisingly was good enough to win the competition.

With Tokyo 2020 coming up, Diaz has his next goal firmly in view...

Gold at the double for Colombian skaters

The first ever YOG roller speed skating competition was all about Colombia.

Gabriela Isabel Rueda Rueda and Jhony Andres Reina won gold in the men's and women's combined events respectively.

Rueda was particularly dominant with three victories from three races at the shiny new Paseo de la Costa venue.

Combined 500m Sprint Finals - Roller Speed Skating | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

The semifinals and final of the Men’s and Women’s Combined 500m Sprint, hel...

Bumblebee breaks new ground

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.

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

Held in the Parque Mujeres Argentinas, the B-Boys Breaking competition fina...

Giorgia Villa shows why she is a Hero of the Future

Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa featured in Olympic Channel's Heroes of the Future series as one to watch out for, and in Buenos Aires she showed exactly why.

The 15-year-old, who will compete against the seniors as of 2019, won three gold medals in the women's floor exercise, the all-around and the vault disciplines.

Her beaming smile afterwards betrayed the anxiety that she struggled with before the all-around exercise.

“Holding my nerves during competitions is the most difficult part in gymnastics. It is hard for me to stay calm and focused, because there is so much going on. Today I listened to a lot of Italian up-tempo beats before the competition. It helped me to calm down a bit.”

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.

Hockey's halfway line hero

Sit back and enjoy an unbelievable piece of skill from the hockey 5s.

With not much else on, China's Gu Yangyan decided to try an audacious lob shot from her own half... and the result was a stunning goal.

To rub salt into the wound, China went on to win the match 3-1.

Russian swimmer 6 golds

Diving dreams coming true for Valdez

Randal Willars Valdez told Olympic Channel's Heroes of the Future 2 series that his 'greatest dream is becoming Olympic champion' - and his YOG victory was a huge step towards making this a reality.

The 16-year-old won the men's 10m diving competition at the death, after an intense final round battle with China's Junjie Lian.

Watch out Tokyo 2020, Randal means business.

Men's 10m Platform Final - Diving | Buenos Aires 2018 YOG

Held in the Natatorium, the final of the Men’s 10m platform.

Party time at the 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

The Opening Ceremony of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games held in t...

Lionel Messi: Eat your heart out!

Maybe it was the Argentinean's spirit being evoked. That or there is a new star in town.

Maria Cristina Galvez scored a mesmerising goal for Bolivia against Thailand in the futsal.

Opposition players were left tackling thin air as Bolivia's captain fantastic weaved her magic.