Sat, Aug 11, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Taiwanese athletes shine in Brazil at Blind World Games

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese athletes clinched one gold medal, one silver and two bronzes at the recently concluded Third International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Championships and Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The games, which are exclusively for visually impaired athletes, are organized every four years by the IBSA. The last IBSA World Games took place in Quebec, Canada, in 2003.

Ten Taiwanese athletes joined nearly 1,600 other visually impaired counterparts from 57 countries to compete in the July 28 to Aug. 6 competition in the Brazilian capital.

Track and field athlete Chiang Chi-chung enjoyed the most success, winning a gold medal in the javelin event, a silver medal in the discus and bronze medal in the shot put, while Hu Hsin-chung took bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Chiang also took the gold in the javelin at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 and a silver in the second IBSA event in Canada , while Hu, a winner of the China Youth Corps' outstanding youth award, has also won other medals in international swimming competitions over the past few years.

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