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“Jump! Boys” Lee Chih-kai wins Universiade gold
「翻滾吧!男孩」 李智凱世大運奪金

Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai competes in the men’s pommel horse at the Taipei Universiade last Wednesday, winning gold.

Photo: CNA

The Taipei Universiade ended this Wednesday. Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai won the gold medal for men’s pommel horse. Lee outshined all competitors with his “Thomas flairs” to finish with a high score of 15.300 points. It was Taiwan’s second gymnastics gold ever at a Universiade.

Lee first got into gymnastics when he was only six years old, and he often used his gymnastics skills to attract customers to his mother’s vegetable stall at a market — for which he earned the nickname “Market Boy Kai.” He shot to fame as a child for his role in the 2005 gymnastics documentary film Jump! Boys.

The documentary tells the story of seven boys on the gymnastics team of Gong Jheng Elementary School in Yilan County. Lin Yu-hsien, the director of the movie, plans to release another documentary film, Jump! Men, after the Universiade about their transition from boyhood to adulthood over the past few years.

(CNA, translated by Eddy Chang)






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