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Mongolia pin YOG medal hopes on judoka Lkhagvasuren

Date : 04 Oct 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 4, 2018: Judoka Sosorbaram Lkhagvasuren, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Mongolia’s first world champion and fellow judoka Urantsetseg Munkhbat, will be the leading medal prospect for her country at the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games which gets underway on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Mongolian will take part in the women’s -52kg category in the Youth Olympic Park’s Asia Pavilion. Lkhagvasuren is part of the new judo generation in Mongolia that counts Munkhbat as its main success story. In addition to the world title she won in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Munkhbat also placed second at the World Championship in Budapest last year.

Rising star Lkhagvasuren has also enjoyed a slew of victories on her way to Buenoe Aires 2018. She took home the continental title in 2016 and the bronze in the same event in 2017.

More than 100 judokas – 52 men and 52 women – will take part in the Youth Olympic Games in nine events with four categories per gender and a mixed international team competition that will bring together athletes from different National Olympic Committees in a contest that will showcase the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence.

Women’s judo became part of the Olympic programme at Barcelona 1992. The sport is known for its exciting throws and traditionally kicks off the first day of competition at the Olympic Games.

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