Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a silver medal after he lost the men’s singles summit clash against Li Shifeng of China in straight games in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Friday. Sen, the reigning junior Asian champion, lost 15-21, 19-21 in a 42-minute final match to bag the silver. He had beaten Shifeng in straight games in the quarterfinals of the Asian Championships in July but on Friday, it was the turn of his Chinese rival to turn the tables on him.

In both the games, Shifeng led all through and Sen was playing catch-up which he eventually could not succeed in the end.

In the first game, Shifeng took an early lead and raced to 14-5 in no time. Sen made a fine recovery to narrow down the gap to 13-16 but he could not sustain it and Shifeng went ahead 18-13 and then made it 20-14 to have six game points. Though Sen saved one game point, the Chinese won the next one to pocket the first game in 17 minutes.

The second game was a closer fight than the first but the Chinese was leading all the time. Shifeng was ahead 8-7 initially but the gap widened to 12-7 before Sen made it 11-14. The three-point gap remained for some time before the Chinese made it 18-14 and then 19-14.

Sen made a last-ditch effort to save the match by winning three straight points but Shifeng still made it 20-17 to have three match points.

Sen was still not throwing the towel as he reeled off two straight points to make it 19-20 and just one point away from a deuce. But his Chinese opponent was a hard nut to crack as Shifeng won the final point to pocket the second game and win the match to clinch the gold. This was India’s fourth silver along with three gold in the ongoing Youth Olympics.

Here’s latest medal tally at Youth Olympics Games 2018

1Russia (RUS)218534
2Hungary (HUN)111113
Mixed-NOCs (MIX)991028
3Japan (JPN)75820
4Italy (ITA)67922
5China (CHN)65516
6Iran (IRI)5106
7India (IND)3407
8Australia (AUS)3339
9Romania (ROU)2338
10Czech Republic (CZE)2248
11Colombia (COL)2226
12Argentina (ARG)*2215
12Germany (GER)2215
14Ukraine (UKR)2125
15Greece (GRE)2114
15Kazakhstan (KAZ)2114
17South Africa (RSA)2103
17Vietnam (VIE)2103
19Moldova (MDA)2002
19Venezuela (VEN)2002
21South Korea (KOR)14611
22France (FRA)1337
23Georgia (GEO)1315
23Thailand (THA)1315
23Uzbekistan (UZB)1315
26Sweden (SWE)1225
26Turkey (TUR)1225
28Belarus (BLR)1214
29Mexico (MEX)1146
30Azerbaijan (AZE)1113
30Denmark (DEN)1113
30Lithuania (LTU)1113
30Norway (NOR)1113
30Tunisia (TUN)1113
35Morocco (MAR)1102
36Austria (AUT)1056
37Armenia (ARM)1012
37Israel (ISR)1012
39Malaysia (MAS)1001
39New Zealand (NZL)1001
41Brazil (BRA)0347
41United States (USA)0347
43Canada (CAN)0246
44Serbia (SRB)0224
45Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0213
46Mongolia (MGL)0202
47Egypt (EGY)0145
47Slovenia (SLO)0145
49Poland (POL)0123
50Belgium (BEL)0112
50Ecuador (ECU)0112
50Great Britain (GBR)0112
50Switzerland (SUI)0112
54Chinese Taipei (TPE)0101
54Hong Kong (HKG)0101
54Ireland (IRL)0101
54Portugal (POR)0101
54Slovakia (SVK)0101
59Netherlands (NED)0033
60Bulgaria (BUL)0022
60Croatia (CRO)0022
60Spain (ESP)0022
63Afghanistan (AFG)0011
63Cuba (CUB)0011
63Dominican Republic (DOM)0011
63Estonia (EST)0011
63Indonesia (INA)0011
63Jordan (JOR)0011
63Kosovo (KOS)0011
63Niger (NIG)0011
63Saudi Arabia (KSA)0011

(With PTI Inputs)