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Asian Games: Liu wins bronze, Taiwan scrapes past Kazakhstan

STAFF WRITER

Taiwan's Liu Shu-yun defeated her Turkmen opponent to win a bronze medal in the 70kg women's judo competition yesterday at the Asian Games.

In doing so, Liu matched her achievment at the previous Asian Games. Her only loss at this Games came earlier to her South Korean opponent in the second round, but Liu went on to win her last two matches against Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

In basketball, the men's team held off Kazakhstan for a tight 81-79 win. Taiwan led for most of the match and avoided a collapse by holding off a late charge in the fourth quarter. Taiwan scored two free throws in the final minute to pull ahead for good, and rebounded a missed shot from Kazakhstan in the final seconds to seal the victory. Forward Chen Hsin-an led the team with 24 points.

Taiwan's mixed doubles soft tennis teams had a difficult time as both were beaten yesterday in the final eight bracket. After getting a bye in the first round, Li Chia-hung and Chou Chiu-ping lasted only 13 minutes against their South Korean opponents, losing in five sets.

After beating the Philippines in the first round, Yeh Chia-lin and Fang Yan-ling managed to win the first set before succumbing to the Japanese team in six sets.

Meanwhile in Cycling, I Fang-ju finished 12th in the women's road race to qualify for the next round, and in weightlifting, despite lifting a personal best of 301kg, Wu Tsung-ling missed out on a bronze medal by just 6kg to finish fifth.

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