Road To The Olympic Games

Keagan Young claims Canada's 1st medal at Youth Olympic Games

Keagan Young earned a bronze medal in judo for Canada's first medal of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Monday. The Markham, Ont., resident was competing in the 81 kg division.

17-year-old scores bronze in judo 81 kg class, Emma adds silver in breaking event

Jukoka Keagan Young, seen on the right in this file photo, reached the podium in the 81-kilogram class at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Monday. (Rafal Burza/Judo Canada)

Keagan Young of Markham, Ont., earned a bronze medal in judo for Canada's first medal of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Monday.

The 17-year-old Markham, Ont., resident was competing in the men's 81-kilogram class.

After only five years in the sport, Young became the top-ranked U18 judoka by the International Judo Federation in July after winning gold at the Cadet Pan Am Championship.

Watch Young's historic day:

The Markham native won bronze in men's -81kg judo on Monday in Buenos Aires at the Youth Olympic Games. 1:48

Emma, Knox add to Canadian medal haul

Emma Misak added to the Canadian medal haul with a silver medal in the inaugural b-girl breaking event — the first dance discipline ever to be included on a sports program of an Olympic event.

Learn more about breaking:

Breaking is one of the new events at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. CBC Sports' Jacqueline Doorey explains how the event will work. 1:15

After winning two of her three preliminary matches, Emma advanced through the knockout stages and into the final, where she fell to Japan's Ram 4-0.

Watch highlights from Emma's performance:

Misak won her semifinal and then lost in the gold medal final in Buenos Aires. 2:26

When she's competing on the dance floor, Emma drops her last name.  

Competitors are judged on creativity, personality, technique, variety, performativity, and musicality.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., earned Canada's first medal in the pool after finishing third in the men's 200-metre individual medley event.

Knox raced to a time of two minutes 1.91 seconds, just over two seconds behind Norway's Tomoe Hvas for gold. Italy's Thomas Ceccon took silver with a time of 2:01.29.

Watch Knox swim to bronze:

Knox raced to a time of 2:01.91 seconds to finish 3rd in the men's 200-metre individual relay at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. 5:52

Knox is only the second male swimmer to ever win a medal for Canada at the Youth Olympics, following Jeremy Bagshaw's performance in the 200 freestyle in 2010 at Singapore.

Elsewhere on Monday:

  • Madison Broad of Chatham, Ont., bettered her time by 0.29 seconds in the 100 backstroke final for fifth place in one minute 1.37 seconds, the fastest ever time for a Canadian at the Games.
  • In the 50 breaststroke, Nina Kucheran of Sudbury, Ont., was sixth in a personal best 32.06 and Avery Wiseman of Drayton Valley, Alta., eighth in 32.79.
  • Canada's foursome of Kyla Leibel of Red Deer, Alta., Broad, Kucheran and Wiseman was disqualified in the women's 4X100 medley relay won by China. Leibel, however, did qualify for the 100 free finals, placing seventh in the semis in 55.93, a half-second faster than the previous best Canadian time.

The third YOG, which run through Oct. 18, bring together 4,000 talented athletes aged 15 to 18 from 206 countries competing in 241 events across 32 sports. It will be live streamed at CBCSports.ca, with a one-hour daily highlight show broadcast at 8 p.m. ET.

Watch highlights from the opening day of competition:

Catch up on all the action as the world's best youth athletes compete in Buenos Aires. 59:59

Seventy-two Canadians are competing at the Games. 

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