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DEAFLYMPICS TAIPEI 2009: Relay team storm to athletics bronze

FASTER THAN EVER:The men’s 4x100m team set a personal best of 42.79 seconds, while there were also bronze medals in women’s tennis and shooting

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Wang Shih-wei, right, Tu Wei-hsuan, second right, Shih Yen-hung, second left, and Lo Sheng-tang celebrate winning the bronze in the 4x100m in Taipei yesterday.

PHOTO: LIN CHENG-KUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan bagged three more bronze medals in the Deaflympics yesterday after athletes representing the nation excelled in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relay, the women’s 10m air pistol shooting, as well as women’s tennis singles.

The 4x100m relay team — Lo Sheng-tang, Shih Yen-hung, Tu Wei-hsuan and Wang Shih-wei — finished third in 42.79 seconds, which broke their personal best of 43.70 seconds set in Turkey last year. Their coach, Huang Ma-long, told reporters at the press conference after the race that the 4x100m relay was deemed as one of the events in which Taiwan had a good chance of a medal. He also explained the rationale behind the order of the runners.

“Lo, the first one, has to set the speed, because it may affect the morale of the team,” Huang said. “Shih, the second one, is the fastest among the four and he set a national record by finishing in 11.25 seconds. Tu, the third one, has to be able to run fast through the turn. Wang, the tallest one, was charged to be on the last leg because of his finishing skill.”

Huang had difficulties training the athletes for the Games.

“Three of them came to the training with injuries that did not fully recover until last month,” Huang said. “I was frustrated sometimes, knowing that I could not do the kind of intensive training I wanted. If we can train for a whole year before the 2013 Athens Deaflympics, we might have a chance of gold.”

Meanwhile, Kao Ya-ju secured third place and a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol shooting by scoring 465.4 points in the final. She won qualification to the final by scoring 369 points.

“I was really nervous at the qualifier, really nervous,” Kao said.

Yesterday’s medalists

Athletics

Women’s High Jump

Gold: Kristina Karapetyan (Russia)

Silver: Ksenia Zhukova (Russia)

Bronze: Qian Jinzhi (China)

Men’s Javelin Throw

Gold: Jesus Garcia Abreu (Venezuela)

Silver: Masamitsu Sato (Japan)

Bronze: Xie Lei (China)

Men’s 800m

Gold: Michael Saalfeld (United States)

Silver: Andrey Andreev (Russia)

Bronze: Fabian Soto Osorio (Mexico)

Women’s 4x100m Relay

Gold: Belarus

Silver: China

Bronze: Estonia

Men’s 4x100m Relay

Gold: China

Silver: Ukraine

Bronze: Taiwan

Women’s 5,000m

Gold: Melinda Vernon (Australia)

Silver: Olga Yakubovskaya (Russia)

Bronze: Viktoriya Holub (Ukraine)

Men’s 5,000m

Gold: David Kipkogei Kiptum (Kenya)

Silver: Omid Saeidi (Iran)

Bronze: Vladislav Yakubovskiy (Russia)

Men’s 4x400m Relay

Gold: Ukraine

Silver: United States

Bronze: Russia

Women’s 4x400m Relay

Gold: Belarus

Silver: Ukraine

Bronze: Russia

Women’s Javelin Throw (result from Saturday)

Gold: Kairit Olenko (Estonia)

Silver: Lu Ping (China)

Bronze: Yu Sato (Japan)

Orienteering

Men’s Relay

Gold: Lithuania

Silver: Russia

Bronze: Denmark

Women’s Relay

Gold: Ukraine

Silver: Russia

Swimming

Women’s 800m Freestyle

Gold: Anna Tovsta (Ukraine)

Silver: Hannah Kay Get Fitton (Great Britain)

Bronze: Kana Imamura (Japan)

Men’s 1,500m Freestyle

Gold: Terence Parkin (South Africa)

Silver: Artur Zbigniew Pioro (Poland)

Bronze: Nicky Lange (Germany)

Women’s 100m Backstroke

Gold: Anna Polivanchuk (Sweden)

Silver: Peggy de Villiers (South Africa)

Bronze: Valeriia Sytnikova (Ukraine)

Men’s 50m Freestyle

Gold: Ilya Sarykin (Russia)

Silver: Kim Geon-oh (South Korea)

Bronze: Georgios Dontas (Greece)

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Gold: Aksana Petrushenka (Belarus)

Silver: Natalia Deeva (Belarus)

Bronze: Olga Prantsuzova (Russia)

Men’s 200m Butterfly

Gold: Luca Germano (Italy)

Silver: Ilya Trishkin (Russia)

Bronze: Bjorn Koch (Germany)

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Gold: Ukraine

Silver: Russia

Bronze: Belarus

Shooting

Women’s 10m Air Pistol

Gold: Valeria Kladovikova (Russia)

Silver: Evdokia Katorgina (Russia)

Bronze: Kao Ya-ju (Taiwan)

Tennis

Women’s Singles

Gold: Barbara Oddone (Italy)

Silver: Beatriz Villamandos Lorenzo (Spain)

Bronze: Ho Chiu-mei (Taiwan)

Men’s Singles

Gold: Mikael Laurent (France)

Silver: Reiki Kajishita (Japan)

Bronze: Gabor Mathe (Hungary)

Volleyball

Men’s Team

Gold: Russia

Silver: Ukraine

Bronze: Germany

Women’s Team

Gold: Ukraine

Silver: United States

Bronze: Japan

Water Polo

Men’s Team

Gold: Hungary

Silver: Italy

Bronze: Germany


Kao’s coach, Chang Shu-fong, said it was natural that Kao was anxious because she had never participated in an international event before.

“I told her to ignore other people and concentrate on the target lane, that should be her whole world,” Chang said.

Chang said Kao did not take up shooting until one-and-a-half years ago, when she and a friend joined a shooting camp at the Taoyuan Gongsi Shooting Range. Chang said Kao has all the attributes to be a great athlete.

“She always follows instructions. If you tell her to put down the pistol two seconds after shooting, she will do it,” Chang said, adding that Kao was a tenacious fighter as well.

Kao also won a silver in the 25m air pistol last week.

After a tough battle in women’s tennis doubles on Saturday, 47-year-old Ho Chiu-mei went on to defeat her Japanese opponent Yachiyo Abe 7-5, 6-3 and nail a bronze in the singles.

Because of rain this morning, the organizers announced that all the tennis matches would be held at Taoyuan Sports University instead of the Rainbow Riverside Sports Park. The last-minute switch of venue did not seem to affect Ho’s performance.

“I am really happy,” Ho said. “This is my last match at the Deaflympics and I was trying to do everything I could to make sure that I won.”

Ho said she wanted to dedicate the medal to her supervisor at work, who has been hospitalized for cancer treatment.

Both Ho’s sister, Ho Chiu-hsiang, and first lady Chou Mei-chin traveled to Taoyuan to show their support.

In table tennis, Wen Chih-hsuan and Yang Jung-Tsung both managed to to reach the last 32 of the men’s singles yesterday. Both beat their opponents within about 10 minutes. Their coach, Huang Mei-chen, said she was concerned about an injury to Wen’s knee and the strategy had been to finish yesterday’s matches as quickly as possible.

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