Taiwan’s athletes yesterday added to the nation’s overall medal count at the Asian Games in Indonesia, but another gold proved elusive.
Wang Yi-ta received the silver medal in the men’s Kata after losing 5-0 in the final to Japan’s Kiyuna Ryo at the Jakarta Convention Center.
Wang reached the final after victories over Hong Kong’s Cheng Tsz Man Chris, South Korea’s Park Hee-jun and Macau’s Kuok Kin Hang earlier in the day, winning the bouts 4-1, 4-1 and 3-2 respectively.
In the women’s 69kg weightlifting, Hung Wan-ting won silver with a lift of 103kg and a clean and jerk of 130kg. Her 233kg total was enough to edge South Korea’s Mun Yu-ra on 231kg, but was no challenge for the 246kg of gold medalist Rim Un-sim of North Korea.
In the men’s 200m dragon boat, the men’s team took silver with 51.358 seconds, just half a second behind China at 50.832 seconds and half a boat-length ahead of bronze medalists Thailand at 52.622.
In tennis, Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching secured the women’s doubles silver medal after being defeated by China’s Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan 2-6, 6-1, 9-11.
In archery, the men’s and women’s recurve teams were assured at least a silver after defeating Mongolia 6-0 and China 5-3 respectively.
Both teams are to face their counterparts from South Korea in the finals tomorrow.
Badminton world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying overpowered Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi 21-9, 21-14 to advance to the singles quarter-finals, where she is to face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara today.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen beat Thailand’s Wangcharoen Kantaphon 21-18, 13-21, 21-11, but compatriot Wang Tzu-wei was defeated by Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki 21-12, 16-21, 21-13.
Chou is to face Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long in the men’s singles quarter-finals today.
In the evening, the men’s basketball team rallied to defeat Qatar 83-70. Both sides entered the final period tied 52-52, but Taiwan pulled away by scoring 31 points.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
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