GALLERY: Finland’s next gen athletes at Buenos Aires Youth Olympics

Young Finnish athletes took home three medals at the Argentina games this month.

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Finnish medalists (L-R) Viivi Kemppi, Topias Laine, Jessica Kähärä / Credit: @olympicteamfinland Instagram

Finland’s next generation of elite athletes returned this week from competing in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games which were held in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.

Young athletes from 206 countries took part in the 12 day event, across more than 30 sports.

Finland sent a team of 25 athletes to the games and came back with three medals, their best haul so far.

Finns competed in athletics, golf, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming and table tennis: with gold for Topias Laine in the javelin; bronze for Jessica Kähärä in the high jump; and a bronze for Viivi Kemppi in the air rifle 10 metre pairs event, where she partnered with a sports shooter from Argentina.

Russia, China and Japan topped the medals table, with Finland coming in joint 57th alongside Uganda, Armenia and the Dominican Republic.

The Youth Olympic Games are held every four years, on an alternate summer and winter schedule to the senior Olympic Games. Athletes have to be between 14 and 18 years old to take part.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the highlights of Finland’s Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games experience.