Skaters help boost Taiwan World Games medal tally

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Aug 06, 2013 - Page 4

Taiwan garnered five gold medals, five silvers and eight bronzes at the World Games in Cali, Colombia, which ended on Sunday, with the nation’s athletes competing in five sports on the last day of the games: road speed skating, korfball, bowling, beach handball and aerosports.

Inspiring performances in the road speed skating helped boost the nation’s medal tally by adding two golds, one silver and one bronze to the medal count. Liao Yen-sheng (廖彥勝) and Yang Ho-chen (楊合貞) each secured gold in the men’s and women’s 10,000m categories, Yang also earned a silver medal in the 20,000m women’s elimination race, while Huang Yu-ting (黃郁婷) won bronze in the women’s 10,000m category.

Roller sports have proved to be the nation’s strong suit at the games. In the 2009 World Games in what was then Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s skating team won four golds and the nation picked up four golds and four silvers in roller sports at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

In total, the nation won one gold, two silvers and four bronzes in speed skating on the track this year, as well as two golds, one silver and one bronze on the road. Yang won one gold, one silver and one bronze, while Huang grabbed a gold and two bronzes.

Meanwhile, Taiwan beat Portugal 18-14 to secure the bronze medal in the korfball tournament.

Taiwan were ranked No. 10 in terms of the overall medal count at this year’s World Games, failing to match their performance four years ago, when home athletes won eight golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes.

The nation ranked No. 7 in the medal count at the 2009 Games.