Taiwanese weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) received a hero’s welcome yesterday at her hometown in Yunlin County after winning the nation’s only silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Hsu captured Taiwan’s first medal of the Games with a snatch lift of 96kg and a clean-and-jerk lift of 123kg.
Hsu first went to see her coach Tsai Wen-yi (蔡溫義) in Chiayi County and thanked him for training her. Tsai won the bronze medal in men’s 60kg weightlifting at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
“I could win the silver medal this time because of my difficult and arduous training under my coach. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,” Hsu said.
Tsai said that he hoped Hsu could earn a different medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Standing in a jeep, Hsu then traveled to the Yunlin County Government Office to be congratulated by county government officials.
On her way to the office, local residents gave their thumbs up and some even lit firecrackers to congratulate her.
County government officials also lined up to greet the homecoming heroine and arranged a lion dance performance to celebrate her victory.
Hsu was also given a “Pride of Yunlin” plaque by the county government.
After the visit to the Yunlin County Government, Hsu was driven through the streets of Douliu (斗六), Cihtong (莿桐), Silo (西螺) and other townships in Yunlin, before returning to her home in Lunbei (崙背), where her parents had prepared a 60-table celebratory banquet. Taiwan’s Olympics team won two medals. Aside from Shu’s silver medal, taekwondo athlete Tseng Li-cheng (曾櫟騁) won a bronze medal in the women’s under-57kg category.
Taiwan was ranked 63rd among the 204 countries competing in the Olympics Games, up from 80th at Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Taiwan won four bronze medals in 2008.
The Sports Affairs Council said that while the number of medals was fewer than expected this time, the nation had made substantial progress because its athletes competing in tennis, badminton and table tennis managed to enter the quarter-finals. Athletes in other categories also qualified to compete at the Olympics.