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Three Youth Olympic golds for Australia

The Australian team has won its first three gold medals at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Three Youth Olympic golds for Australia

The Australian team has won its first three gold medals at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Swimmer Kaylee McKeown and golfers Karl Vilips and Grace Kim have won Australia's first three gold medals at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Queenslander McKeown rounded off the day in style by winning the women's 50m backstroke in 28.28 seconds.


"I haven't been training for 50s before, so to get a gold medal for Australia and add to the tally is really exciting for me," she said.

"Australia has had a few golds today so to add to that collection is something that I'm very proud of."

The win takes McKeown's haul from this meet to a gold, two silver and a bronze from four events.

Earlier in the day, Vilips and Kim won the men's and women's individual golf tournaments.

Both 17-year-olds entered the final round atop the leaderboard and held their nerve in difficult wet and windy conditions.

US-based Vilips birdied four of his last six holes and finished two shots clear of second-placed American Akshay Bhatia.

Vilips carded a final-round one-under 69 for a three-round total of four-under 206.

Kim overcame some early nerves to claim a three-stroke win in the women's tournament over second-placed Italian Alessia Nobilio.

"Down the stretch I was pretty nervous, but I just tried to stay in the present and be calm, it really helped me," she said.

"... I woke up this morning from a dream that I had won the gold, and I was so nervous I couldn't get back to sleep. I was as nervous as I was on the 18th hole."

Vilips and Kim are the hot favourites to win another gold in the mixed team event starting on Saturday.

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