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S Korea dominate taekwondo events, but Taiwan’s Tseng sneaks away with gold

AP AND AFP , HONG KONG

Taiwan’s Tseng Ching-hsiang lies on the floor after being knocked out by South Korea’s Song Ji-hoon, right, in the men’s under 72kg final at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong yesterday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

South Korea went within one win of sweeping the taekwondo competition yesterday at the East Asian Games, clinching five out of six gold medals on offer.

The South Koreans won in the women’s 55kg, the men’s 62kg, the men’s 67kg, the women’s 63kg and the men’s 72kg classes.

Taiwan’s Tseng Pei-hua won gold in the 59kg class when she beat South Korea’s Lee Sung-hye.

South Korea has now accounted for seven of the 10 judo gold medals contested after winning two finals on Sunday.

Elsewhere, South Korea also picked up a bowling gold, with Hwang Sun-ok and Shin Bo-hyun posting a one-two finish in the women’s singles.

China’s Zhu Qinan won the men’s 10m air rifle with a games-record 703.1 points.

Chinese women’s weightlifter Yang Lian claimed the 48kg division, lifting a combined weight of 202kg, 10kg more than runner-up Chen Wei-ling of Taiwan.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge hailed “an absolutely smashing” opening to the games on Saturday.

Rogge said the opening ceremony, which took place on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, was as good as any he had seen before.

“It was an absolutely smashing and brilliant opening, very nice choreography, very original, creative and probably the nicest backdrop you can ever dream of,” he said of the event. “I have seen many opening ceremonies in my long career with the Olympics. And this deserves a gold medal.”

Yesterday’s Taiwanese medalists

MONDAY, DEC. 7

Table Tennis Men’s Doubles

Silver: Chiang Peng-lung,

Wu Chih-chi

Table Tennis Men’s Singles

Bronze: Chiang Hung-chieh

Taekwondo 59kg Women

Gold: Tseng Pei-hua

Taekwondo 63 kg Women

Silver: Chang Chiung-fang

Taekwondo 72 kg Men

Silver: Tseng Ching-hsiang

Taekwondo 55kg Women

Silver: Tseng Yi-hsuan

Taekwondo 62kg Men

Bronze: Tseng Kuan-chieh

Taekwondo 67kg Women

Bronze: Lo Tsung-jui

Weightlifting 62kg Men

Silver: Yang Sheng-hsiung

Weightlifting 48kg Women

Silver: Chen Wei-ling

Weightlifting 56kg Men

Silver: Yang Chin-yi


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