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Taiwan ranks fifth overall at Doha

GOOD WEEK Competitors reaped five medals on Saturday in fields ranging from eight-ball pool to shot put to add to the fresh successes in taekwondo and baseball

By Marc Langer  /  STAFF REPORTER

Lin Yuan-chun smiles on Saturday after winning the gold medal in the women's eight-ball division at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

PHOTO: WANG YI-SUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan climbed to fifth in the overall medal standings after claiming five medals -- one gold, one silver and three bronzes -- in four different sports on Saturday.

While Taiwan has been strong in tennis and taekwondo all week, athletes showed that they can compete in many fields.

The gold medal went to Lin Yuan-mei in the women's eight-ball pool championship as she edged South Korea's Kim Ga-young 7-6. It was a back and forth battle, with Lin coming to the brink of victory by taking a 6-3, only to let Kim come back to even the score to 6-6.

GabicaNerves may have played a part, as it took Lin more than 10 tries before she could go through with striking the cue ball for her last shot.

But she eventually steadied herself, sinking the eight ball to win the event.

Lin said it was the shot that she had been thinking about her whole pool career, and hoped that her success would inspire the billiards world in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Huang Kun-chang earned the bronze in the men's eight-ball category, making this the second straight Asian Games in which Taiwan has medaled in the event.

Huang lost to the Philippines' Gabica Antonio 7-9 during the semi-finals. However he came back to beat another Filipino, Andam Leonardo, 9-5 to win the bronze.

Su Tai-yuan won Taiwan's third bronze in taekwondo in the 62kg division, losing only his semi-final match to the Philippines' Go Tshomlee 3-2. He received an automatic bronze as there is no consolation final.

Lin Chia-ying took home Taiwan's first track and field medal with a bronze in the women's shot put after throwing for a 16.7m to leapfrog over South Korea's Lee Mi-young on her sixth and final attempt.

That throw was a personal best for Lin, who has already set the Taiwanese record twice this year.

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