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The second Youth Olympics concluded in Nanjing on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony and a glowing endorsement from the International Olympic Committee. Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the IOC president Thomas Bach. Chinese swimmer Shen Duo was the most successful athlete of the Games, winning six golds. The Games broke records for participants, attendances and social media interaction and featured athletes expected to graduate to the Summer Olympics in the years to come. Bach said in his speech at the closing ceremony that the participants, “have given us a glimpse of your bright future and the bright future of the Olympic movement.”

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