Taiwan bags four medals
Taiwanese on Wednesday won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the opening day of the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Beirut. In the men’s under-68kg event, Huang Yu-jen, the bronze medalists at the 2018 Asian Championships, snatched Taiwan’s first gold of the tournament. Su Po-ya won silver in the women’s under-53kg event, Chen Yu-chuang bagged bronze in the women’s under-57kg event and Ma Ting-hsia took bronze in the women’s under-73kg event. The 24th edition of the tournament was scheduled for last year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It began on Wednesday and ends today. Before the tournament began, Taiwanese had already secured four berths at the Tokyo Olympics.
Clippers take series lead
Paul George on Wednesday had 37 points, 16 rebounds and five assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semi-final series. George became the first player in franchise history to post at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a playoff game. “It was no secret. I knew I had to be big tonight and gotta be big going forward,” George said. Marcus Morris scored 25 points and Reggie Jackson added 22 for the Clippers. Los Angeles won their third straight game to push the top-seeded Jazz to the brink of elimination. In Philadelphia, Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a playoff comeback for the ages against the Philadelphia 76ers to move within a victory of the Eastern Conference finals. Young was fouled on a three-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1 minute, 26 seconds left to cap a 26-point comeback and send Atlanta on their way to a 109-106 victory in Game 5. Young scored 39 points and added to a post-season where he has become a breakout star. Joel Embiid scored 17 points in the first quarter and had the Sixers on their way toward a romp with a 26-point lead in the first half. They still led 87-69 at the end of the third before they collapsed. Embiid finished with 39 points, and Seth Curry had 36.
Canadiens level series
The Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday bounced back from defeat in Game 1 to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 and level their Stanley Cup best-of-seven semi-final series. Joel Armia, Tyler Toffoli and Paul Byron got the goals for the Canadiens, with Carey Price frustrating the Golden Knights with 29 saves. Alex Pietrangelo bagged both goals for the Golden Knights. The Canadiens took control of the contest in the first period, with Armia opening the scoring after a deflected shot from Joel Edmundson. Toffoli then doubled the Montreal lead in the 17th minute of the first period before Byron put the visitors 3-0 ahead in the second period. Pietrangelo pulled one back for the Canadians 18 minutes, 46 seconds onto the second period before setting up a nervous finale with his second late in the third period. “We showed some good composure,” Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme said. “At one point we felt the pressure, they were trying to come back. Overall, we showed pretty good composure. I think we can still do a better job.”
For Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin, there were no chances left: Either beat the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles badminton team from Indonesia for the first time or see their Olympic hopes dashed in the preliminary round. The world No. 3 Taiwanese duo answered the challenge, edging past Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their final Group A match 21-18, 15-21, 21-17 to qualify for the final eight knockout round. “We finally made it,” Lee wrote on Facebook after beating the Indonesian duo. However, he said that the competition still had a long way to go. “We’re happy not only because
INTO THE SEMIS: Top seed Tai Tzu-ying hit two stunning backhands in quick succession while on the floor in her quarter-final, prompting disbelieving gasps and cheers Taiwanese badminton stars Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin yesterday advanced to the gold medal match of the men’s doubles, while Taiwanese top seed Tai Tzu-ying got off to a rough start in a nail-biting women’s singles quarter-final against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, but rallied with a series of flash backhand smashes. Lee and Wang beat Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21-11, 21-10 in their men’s doubles semi-final to set up a shot at the gold medal against China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, who had a 24-22, 21-13 win over Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik. Tai rallied from a game
‘BOSS CHARACTER’: Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin said they had ‘crawled out of hell’ and have nothing to lose in a match against the world’s No. 2 pairing Badminton duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin made history in Tokyo yesterday by becoming the first Taiwanese shuttlers to advance to an Olympics semi-final after they edged their Japanese rivals in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles. The world No. 3 Taiwanese duo defeated Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-16, 21-19 in 44 minutes at the Musashino Forest Plaza. By reaching the final four, the pair have recorded Taiwan’s best ever showing in Olympic badminton, surpassing a quarter-finals finish by Lee Sheng-mu and Fang Chieh-min in the men’s doubles at the London Games in 2012. After clinching the hard-earned victory, Lee dropped to
CLOSE CALL: In what was almost an upset, Brian Yang kept Chou Tien-chen on his toes for more than an hour, but the world No. 3 managed to hold on for the win Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying yesterday reminded the world why she is No. 1 when she had France’s Qi Xuefei struggling to match up through their 25-minute encounter. Tai, who beat Qi 21-10, 21-13, had a rough start to the Tokyo Olympics, taking longer to fend off two hugely inferior opponents earlier in the Games. The 27-year-old has a history of slipping up at the Olympics, despite performing exceptionally in other competitions. Tai, who became world No. 1 in 2016, has won the All England Open title three times and was a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games. “This is the first time I