Ireland's badminton prospect Nhat Nguyen has just missed out on a medal at the Youth Olympics with a narrow loss to fifth seeded Li Shifeng.

The 18-year old, who was regarded as one of Ireland's best medal chances at the Games, took the first set on a 21-15 scoreline but was pipped 21-19 in the remaining two sets in Buenos Aires.

Nguyen led the final set 14-12 but his opponent finished the stronger to eke out a victory. 

"Obviously, I’m quite disappointed," he said after the match. 

"I had my chances and I’m disappointed I didn’t take them. He [Li] played better towards the end of both the second and third sets, so that’s what I have to take away and learn from for the next.

"We have the world juniors in two or three weeks, so I’ll have a couple of days rest here and come back and prepare for that."

Elsewhere this morning, gymnast Emma Slevin qualified for two more finals after a superb performance on the balance beam netting her a fourth place with a 12.433.

This display assures her of a place in both the balance beam final and the all-around finals which get underway tomorrow.