Saso stays in medal con­tention

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Buenos aires—Yuka Saso hob­bled with a fourover-par 74 on Wed­nes­day but still re­mained in the hunt for a podium fin­ish in women's golf while swim­mer Nicole Oliva reached the fi­nals in the 200m freestyle at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here.

The 17-year-old Filipino-Ja­panese com­piled 145 over two days, five strokes off lead­ers Alessia No­bilio of Italy and Kim Grace of Aus­tralia after she bo­geyed four straight holes to take the turn at three-over.

Saso also had a pair of bo­geys on No. 11 and No. 15 and birdied No. 12.

"She didn't play her best to­day," said Saso's coach Ric Gib­son. "It's re­ally tricky out there to­day."

Grace was steady with a 69 while No­bilio scored 72 for an iden­ti­cal 140 with Emma Spitz of Aus­tralia two shots be­hind (70) fol­lowed by Hoyu An of Chi­nese Taipei (72)."I'm hop­ing for a windy day to­mor­row. We han­dled it well yes­ter­day and hope­fully a dif­fer­ent wind to­mor­row will give us a dif­fer­ent look at the golf course, fresh per­spec­tive," said Gib­son.Carl Jano Cor­pus also strug­gled the en­tire day, limp­ing home with a 76 to fall 10 strokes be­hind the lead.

The 17-year-old bo­geyed twice on the front nine and reg­is­tered three more bo­geys on hole nos. 13, 14, 15 after a dou­ble bo­gey on the 10th.

Karl Vilips of Aus­tralia grabbed the lead (6968-137) while the only high­light for Cor­pus was a sin­gle birdie on the par-5 No. 11.

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