Taiwan took home 13 gold, 16 silver and 38 bronze medals as the Asian Games concluded in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, finishing with the nation’s second-biggest gold medal haul and its best performance at the Games in 12 years.
Taiwan’s best performance was in Bangkok in 1998, when the nation bagged 19 golds, 17 silvers and 41 bronzes. Only nine gold medals were picked up in Doha, Qatar, four years ago.
Taiwan came in seventh in terms of the number of gold medals won and fifth in terms of the total number of medals clinched.
Taiwan did not win a medal on the final day of the two-week event. The women’s volleyball team beat Mongolia to take seventh place, while marathon runner Chang Chia-che finished 10th in the men’s race.
Four of Taiwan’s 13 gold medals came from roller sports. The country also won two golds each in taekwondo, soft tennis and tennis.
Cyclist Hsiao Mei-yu surprised everyone with her gold medal victory in the 100km women’s individual road race.
While Taiwan’s baseball team failed to defend their title, Taiwan made a major breakthrough in track and field with a silver in the men’s 4x100m relay.
However, what caught the most public attention during the Games was a controversy over the disqualification of taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun.
The ruling subsequently turned into an international incident, causing diplomatic tension between Taiwan, China and South Korea.
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