A Taiwanese team took the gold medal in the women’s 500kg event at the Tug-of-War International Federation’s World Outdoor Championships on Sunday in Appenzell, Switzerland.
The team, composed of students from Taipei Jingmei Girls’ High School, won the gold medal after competing against eight other teams: five from the host country and one each from Belgium, Germany and Spain.
Taiwan beat all other teams 2-0, except for a 1-1 tie with a Swiss team.
Jingmei school principal Lin Li-hua (林麗華) said that the rival teams, composed of adults, looked more competitive given their age, physical build and competition experience.
However, the school’s representatives prevailed due to their superior endurance and willpower, as well as a good strategy, Lin said.
The Taiwanese team was eliminated in the mixed men and women’s 600kg category at the championships, which ran from Thursday to Sunday.
Taiwan also won a silver medal in the women’s 540kg category on Saturday.
The team, composed mainly of students from the Jingmei school, beat South Africa 3-0 in the semifinals before losing to Sweden 3-0 in the final. The result surpassed Taiwan’s fourth-place finish in the same category at the 2010 championships, its best record in the event.
In the bronze medal competition, the Netherlands defeated South Africa 2-1.