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Asian Games: Nine-ball veteran settles for bronze

FIERCE Yang Ching-shun won bronze in the men's nine-ball pool consolation finals as Taiwan's athletes held on to sixth place in the overall medal standings

By Marc Langer  /  STAFF REPORTER

Yang Ching-shun came back from a semi-final defeat to take the bronze medal in an 11-7 victory over South Korea's Jeoung Young-hwa in the consolation finals of men's nine-ball pool on Monday.

Yang had been hoping for his third consecutive gold at the Asian Games, but appeared not to be in top form from the beginning of this year's competition, barely squeaking by his opponent by two points in the preliminary round and just one point in the quarter-final.

In track and field, Chang Ming-huang set a personal best in men's shot put with a 19.45m throw to take the bronze. Competition was especially fierce, with Saudi Arabia's Sultan Abdulmajeed al-Hebshi also setting a personal best at 20.42m to take the gold and Qatar's Khaled Habash al-Suwaidi setting a season best with a 20.05m for the silver.

Those medals, combined with the golf medals earlier in the day, helped Taiwan maintain sixth place in the overall medal standings on Monday.

The women's basketball team won its semi-final match against Japan 70-59 on Monday to earn it a trip to the gold-medal final against China tomorrow. After falling behind 17-18 after the first quarter, the team recovered from its shaky start to take command of the next three and seal the win.

Tough defense proved the key to success, with Japan scoring 12 points in the second period and a scant 8 in the third.

Liu Chun-yi had a quiet night, scoring just 14 points, but Chiang Feng-chun stepped up in her place to lead the offense with 21 points while shooting 59 percent from the field. This will be Taiwan's first trip to the finals.

Taiwan made a strong start in the martial arts events with a slew of bronzes yesterday, but competitors had trouble getting over the hump in their semi-final matches.

Shen Chia-hao took home Taiwan's first karate medal yesterday with a bronze in men's individual kata.

Shen lost his semi-final match to Malaysia's Jin Keat Ku 3-2, but came back to defeat Pakistan's Ghulam Ali 4-1 in the bronze-medal match.

Taiwan's Huang Yu-chi won a bronze after losing her semi-final match 5-0 to Japan's Morooka Nao in women's kata.

Chen Yen-hui also couldn't quite make it through the semi-finals in women's kumite, falling to Malaysia's Vasantha Marial Anthony 7-4.

The trend was finally broken when Hsieh Cheng-kang beat Uzbekistan's Ihtiyor Sharapov 5-1 in the men's 55kg kumite semi-finals.

In wushu, Huang Hsiao-chien took third place in the women's nanquan competition.

Taiwan also won its first equestrian medal yesterday when Jasmine Chen took silver in the individual jump off on her horse Comodoro. Her twin sister, Joy Chen, also had a strong showing, finishing fourth among 24 competitors.

In archery, Kuo Cheng-wei defeated Indonesia's Rahmat Sulistyawan 109-100 to take the bronze medal in the men's division out of a field of 32 competitors.

He cruised through his first three matches before running into South Korea's Im Dong Hyun in the semi-finals and losing 100-106, his lowest score of the day.

The mixed tennis pair of Lu Yen-hsun and Hsieh Su-wei lost to Japan in the semi-finals yesterday in two sets, but that was good enough to earn them an automatic bronze.

The women's doubles team of Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung upset the second-seeded Chinese team of Li Ting and Sun Tiantian to advance to the gold medal match tomorrow. The two won with relative ease, defeating the Chinese in two sets 6-3, 6-2.

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