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Taiwanese martial artists take home six wushu medals


Six members of a 50-strong team of martial artists and athletes from Taiwan won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the World Wushu Tournament held as part of the fourth World Sport for All Games in Busan, South Korea, which ran from Sept. 26 through last Monday.

The athletic meet was sponsored by the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA), which is based in Frankfurt, Germany.

In Asia and Oceania the 30-member strong Asiania Sport for All Association (ASFAA) represents TAFISA.

Competitors also came from China, Macau, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, the US, Canada, Italy, Iran, Singapore, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Cuba, Spain and Israel.

The athletes competed in two categories — taolu (forms) and sanshou (free sparring). The taolu events consisted of empty-hand forms in changquan (long-style boxing), nanquan (southern boxing), and taiji boxing styles, as well as weapon forms in jianshu (swordplay), daoshu (broadsword), nandao (southern broadsword), gunshu (cudgel), qiangshu (spear) and nangun (southern cudgel).

Taiwanese martial artist Chen Ruen-chih captured a gold medal in the men’s taiji boxing event, while Li Hung-ying won a gold medal in the speed event in the women’s sport climbing competition.

Fan Man-yun received a silver medal in the women’s taiji boxing event and Hsiao Yung-sheng took silver in men’s gunshu.

Huang Hsiao-chien earned a bronze in the women’s nanquan event, while Lin Wei-liang also received a bronze in the men’s changquan event.

During the meet, the ASFAA held its 10th congress and elected a new executive board. Tsai Chen-wei, chairman of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, was elected one of the board members, while China’s Feng Jianzhong, vice minister of the General Administration of Sport, was re-elected ASFAA president.

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