Taiwan’s Yang Chin-kuei lost the cross-strait battle of the swimming pool yesterday as she finished behind two Chinese athletes to grab bronze in the final of the 200m life saving obstacle race at the World Games.
Yang had gotten the crowd’s hopes up in the morning as she set a World Games record of two minutes 8.56 seconds in her heat, qualifying for the final in first place.
But she couldn’t repeat her heroics in the final, despite swimming even faster (2.05.61), as she finished third behind China’s Lu Ying (2.01.61) and Yang Jieqiao (2.05.48).
Yang Chin-kuei started well and was just ahead of Lu at the first turn, a situation that was reversed by the 100m mark. Lu then began to pull away and Yang Jieqioao then took second place surging past Yang Chin-kuei on the third length and staying ahead to grab silver.
The bronze medal was Taiwan’s only medal of the day and took the overall medal count to five golds, six silvers and three bronzes. Taiwan now stands seventh in the overall table.
Earlier in the day in the men’s event, Taiwan’s Lin Yu-an, Li Chengshuan and Lin Chun-chu were eliminated after finishing seventh, seventh and eighth in their respective heats.
In the women’s 50m manikin carry, Wang Wei-ting and Lin Hsun-wen also failed to qualify while Li Cheng-hsuan and Chen Kuan-chang suffered the same fate in the men’s event.
In other action at the pool, no Taiwanese made the finals on the first day of the fin swimming.
Taiwan’s Liu Hao-min failed to qualify for the final of the 50m apnea after finishing seventh in her heat.
The men’s 400m surface saw Yang Ping-hua fail to make the final after finishing sixth in his heat in a time of 3.12 minutes, six seconds behind the winner.
Men’s Surface 100m
Gold: Miao Jingwei (China)
Silver: Dmytro Sydorenko (Ukraine)
Bronze: Andrea Nava (Italy)
Women’s Surface 200m
Gold: Vasilisa Kravchuk (Russia)
Silver: Valeria Baranovskaya (Russia)
Bronze: Olga Shlyakhovska (Ukraine)
Men’s Surface 400m
Gold: Stefano Figini (Italy)
Silver: Sven Lutzkendorf (Germany)
Bronze: Denes Kanyo (Hungary)
Women’s Surface Relay 4x100m
Silver: South Korea
Women’s Apnoea 50m
Gold: Zhu Baozhen (China)
Silver: Xu Huanshan (China)
Bronze: Yana Kasimova (Russia)
Women’s 50m Pool Manikin Carry
Gold: Isabella Cerquozzi (Italy)
Silver: Gao Yuting (China)
Bronze: He Qian (China)
Men’s 50m Pool Manikin Carry
Gold: Federico Pinotti (Italy)
Silver: Florian Laclaustra (France)
Bronze: Giovanni Legnani (Italy)
Women’s Pool Obstacle Race 200m
Gold: Lu Ying (China)
Silver: Yang Jieqiao (China)
Bronze: Yang Chin-kuei (Taiwan)
Men’s Pool Obstacle Race 200m
Gold: Zhang Enjian (China)
Silver: Federico Pinotti (Italy)
Bronze: Benjamin Bilski (Germany)
Gold: Paola Longoria (Mexico)
Silver: Rhonda Rajsich (US)
Bronze: Angela Grisar (Chile)
Gold: Jack Huczek (US)
Silver: Rocky Carson (US)
Bronze: Vincent Gagnon (Canada)
Wushu (non-medal event)
Men’s Taolu Changquan
First: Yuan Xiaochao (China)
Second: Daisuke Ichikizaki (Japan)
Third: Semen Udelov (Russia)
Women’s Taolu Changquan
First: Daria Tarasova (Russia)
Second: Vu Tra My (Vietnam)
Third: Susyana Tjhan (Indonesia)
Meanwhile, on the opening day of wushu at Kaohsiung County Stadium, Taiwan missed out on the two golds on offer.
Wushu (martial arts) at the World Games features two disciplines — Taolu and Sanshou. Taolu involves competitors performing martial art routines individually, which are scored by judges. Sanshou is where two athletes spar.
Russia’s Daria Tarasova took the gold in the women’s Taolu Changquan, while in the men’s China’s Yuan Xiaochao was victorious.
Later on in the men’s 70kg Sanshou, Taiwan’s Chou Ting-yuan won one bout and lost one, beating South Korea’s Kim Deuk Su before losing to Russia’s Murad Akhadoz, while compatriot Kao Yu-chuan lost to his Iranian opponent.
In the finals of the racquetball, Mexico’s Paola Longoria took gold in the women’s event, beating the US’ Rhonda Rajsich by two sets to one.
In the men’s final Jack Huczek of the US beat compatriot Rocky Carson. Vincent Gagnon of Canada took the bronze medal.
Yesterday also saw Taiwan’s men’s inline skating hockey team play their opening game over at the I-Shou University Gymnasium where they lost 7-0 to the US.