Taiwan yesterday won a gold medal in the women’s 500kg weight class and bronze in the U-23 560kg mixed weight class at the tug-of-war World Championship in Holten, Netherlands.
On Saturday, the men’s U-18 national team won silver in the 560kg weight class after a 2-0 loss to South Africa, while Taiwanese teams on Thursday won gold, four silvers and a bronze in the tournament matches, which are warm-ups for the championship.
Taiwan yesterday overpowered Switzerland in the women’s 500kg final to win its first gold medal at the championship, while the U-23 mixed team finished behind Switzerland and Sweden.
Photo courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association via CNA
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s men’s 560kg team faced a controversial judgement in its third-place playoff against Germany.
After Taiwan lost the first match, it was locked in a stalemate for 12 minutes in the second match, when the referee signaled for both sides to stop for a rematch, Taiwan’s Tug of War Association secretary-general Cho Yao-peng said.
“Our team did so and was drawn away by the German team as we started to lean forward slowly, but the referee came forward all of a sudden and told us to continue competing,” Cho said.
The association said it had filed a formal protest over the call.
Taiwanese are still in contention for medals in the men’s U-23 600kg competition, as well as the women’s 540kg and U-23 500kg competitions.
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