Taiwan shines in Thailand
Taiwan put itself in position for a strong finish in badminton at the World University Games in Thailand yesterday, as it will have representatives in almost all categories of the gold medal matches today.
Cheng Shao-chieh will play for the women's singles gold, Chien Yu-chin and Cheng Wen-hsi will play in the women's doubles, Tsai Chia-hsin and Hsieh Yu-hsing will play in the men's doubles and Fang Chieh-min and Cheng Wen-hsi will play for the mixed doubles gold.
Meanwhile Liao Sheng-hsun earned an automatic bronze medal when he lost his semi-final match in the men's singles.
In judo, Wang Chin-fang advanced to the finals in the women's 63kg division.
Wang defeated competitors from North Korea, Canada and Belarus to qualify for the gold medal medal match.
Coach Luo You-wei said that Wang had more experience and better skills than her French opponent today and should win handily if everything went as expected.
Vaunted women's tennis duo Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung also had little trouble with their South Korean opponents yesterday, easily winning 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the gold medal match today.
Taiwan's women's basketball team barely missed a chance to advance to the semi-finals after it was beaten by the US 65-66.
The game was a back-and-forth affair from the outset, as Taiwan came out of the gates strong, led by six points by Lin Chi-wen, to take a 15-6 lead over the US.
But the US came back and held a one-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Taiwan retaliated in the second quarter with more strong play from Lin and Chen Yu-chun to give Taiwan an 11-point lead at halftime.
Taiwan broke down in the second half, at one point going six minutes without scoring a point in the fourth quarter. Taiwan pulled the score even with 1:43 to go with a three-pointer from Wu Min-fang.
The score remained tied until the US went to the foul line with 4.7 seconds to go and scored the one point that would seal its victory.