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Taipei Universiade: Yang wins gold in 100m; archers win three silvers

TEAM EFFORT:Head coach Ni Tai-chih praised the nation’s archers for showing their capabilities and determination to compete until the finish

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Yang Chun-han, center, competes in the Taipei Summer Universiade men’s 100m sprint at the Taipei Municipal Stadium yesterday.

Photo: CNA

Taiwan yesterday claimed gold in the Taipei Summer Universiade men’s 100m sprint, while archers picked up three silvers and there was a bronze in taekwondo.

Yang Chun-han (楊俊瀚) won the gold medal in the 100m final at the Taipei Municipal Stadium with a time of 10.22 seconds, coming off a national record in the semi-finals of 10.20 seconds that marked him as a favorite in the decider at 8:40pm.

Thando Roto of South Africa took silver 0.02 seconds behind, while Cameron Burrell of the US claimed bronze in 10.27 seconds.

Yang set the previous mark for Taiwan’s best time over the distance in May.

It was the final day of archery at the Universiade, and Taiwanese were on target, advancing into the medals rounds, but were second best when facing archrivals South Korea.

Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷), Taiwan’s top female archer, faltered in a showdown against Kang Chae-young in the gold-medal match in women’s recurve individual.

Kang won 7-4 at the National Taiwan Sport University Stadium in Taoyuan.

In the team finals, there was a recurring theme of South Korean dominance over Taiwan.

In the men’s recurve team final, Taiwan’s Wei Chun-heng (魏均珩), Deng Yu-cheng (鄧宇成) and Peng Shih-chen (彭士誠) shot 56, 54, and 55 respectively in three sets for a total of 165, but South Korea scored 58, 59 and 58 for a 175 total, winning 6-0.

In the third-place match, Russia took bronze after a 5-1 win over Kazakhstan.

In the women’s recurve team final, Russia defeated Italy 6-0 for bronze, while Taiwan’s Tan, Lei Chien-ying (雷千瑩) and Peng Chia-mao (彭家楙) faced South Korea in the gold-medal match.

Local fans witnessed a thrilling showdown, as the match was tied after three sets and went to 4-4 in the fourth.

A shoot-off was required, in which Taiwan scored nine, 10 and nine points.

However, South Korea were even better, scoring three 10s to capture gold.

Lei missed out on bronze when Alejandra Valencia of Mexico beat her 6-0 in the women’s recurve individual third-place match.

It was South Korea again in the men’s recurve individual final, with Lee Seung-yun taking home the gold with a 6-0 win over Arsalan Baldanov of Russia.

In the mixed recurve team final, South Korea prevailed over France 5-4.

Head coach Ni Ta-chih (倪大智) praised Taiwan’s archers, saying: “Even though we did not win golds, they have shown their capability and determination to fight to the finish.”

“I give my team a score of 100 for their performance today,” Ni said.

“We feel our team is as good as South Korea,” Tan said. “We have regrets about not seizing our chance to win gold today; we still have room for improvement.”

“This was our first international archery competition at home and although we were a bit nervous, we gave it our best,” Peng Chia-mao said. “During the matches, the three of us [in the women’s recurve team] consulted each other to make adjustments. I think we can be satisfied with the results.”

Yang Tsung-yeh (楊宗燁) added to the nation’s medal tally with taekwondo bronze in the 74kg category.

Yang defeated Alejandro Cuero of Colombia 38-13 first up to get into the round of 16, where he overcame John Asp of Norway 14-10.

In the final eight, Yang scored two points in an extra round against Toni Kanaet of Croatia to advance into the semi-finals.

However, Yang could not get past Scott Ishida of the US, who defeated him 12-6.

“Most of the opponents today were taller than me, so I could not stay back and defend,” Yang said. “I had to take the initiative and attack with different kicks to score points.”

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