Taiwan’s Huang Ying-hsuan on Sunday defeated the world No. 1 on her way to winning a bronze medal in the women’s under-46kg division at the World Taekwondo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Huang, a freshman at National Taiwan Sport University, was making her debut in international competition at the championships, after missing tournaments over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Competing in the lightest weight category for women, she ran the table with three early wins in the rounds of 64, 32 and 16, before upsetting world No. 1 Kang Mi-reu of South Korea in the quarter-finals.
In her semi-final against Turkey’s Rukiye Yildirim, Huang fell behind 2-7 in the first round, but rallied with nine unanswered points before Yildirim connected on a head kick to pull out a narrow 13-12 win.
Huang lost the match 0-2 after dropping the second round 5-12, earning one of two bronze medals in the weight class.
Yildirim went on to win silver, while Lena Stojkovic of Croatia won gold.
After the match, coach Chang Sheng-kuo said that Huang appeared “flustered” in the second round against Yildirim after losing the first in a narrow decision.
He credited Huang for her “fearless” performance in the tournament, saying her top-four finish had “far exceeded” their expectations for her international debut.
In this year’s world championships, which ended on Sunday, Taiwan entered competitors in all 16 weight classes — eight men and eight women — winning medals in three.
In addition to Huang’s bronze medal, Chen Po-yen won a bronze medal in the men’s under-54kg division and Olympic medalist Lo Chia-ling clinched the silver medal in the women’s under-57kg category.
In taekwondo, one and five points are awarded for valid punches and kicks to an opponent’s torso or head, and deducted for each penalty committed.
While past world championships added up the total score over three two-minute rounds to determine the victor, this year’s competition adopted a new best-of-three scoring system in which the first to win two rounds was declared the winner.
Germany forward Thomas Mueller on Thursday said that his country’s second successive first-round exit from the FIFA World Cup was an “absolute catastrophe,” which teammate Kai Havertz likened to “watching a horror movie.” Germany beat Costa Rica, but Spain’s defeat to Japan meant Germany finished third in Group E behind Spain, with the teams equal on four points and the positions decided only by goal difference. “It is unbelievably bitter for us because our result would have been enough,” Mueller said. “It’s a feeling of powerlessness.” Mueller was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team and was also in the side who were
Taiwanese-American basketballer Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,400) for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, the China Basketball Association said yesterday. Lin, who plays for the Loong Lions Basketball Club, made “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities” where the team stayed on Wednesday ahead of a game, the association said. It said that “caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area.” The Chinese Communist Party is trying to crush criticism of the human cost and disruption of its “zero COVID-19” strategy, which has confined millions of people to
‘ASIA CAN WIN’: Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu said their victories at the tournament so far against top sides show that Asian teams can win on the world stage Japan erupted in cheers and tears after the national team’s 2-1 win over Spain, with crowds in the early hours of yesterday in the nation packing public viewing areas shrieking with joy as they stunned another global soccer power at the FIFA World Cup. Japan, who had also shocked Germany in their opener in Qatar, finished top of Group E to reach the last 16, a stage where they have faltered three times before. They are to play 2018 runners-up Croatia for a place in the quarter-finals. “Doha Delights Again!” one newspaper headlined its online edition, evoking memories of what the media called
Taiwan’s top two badminton players, Tai Tzu-ying and Chou Tien-chen, are today to compete at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok. Tai, who is world No. 3 in women’s singles, is to compete in Group B in the eight-player draw with world No. 5 He Bingjiao of China, and world No. 7 Ratchanok Intanon and world No. 10 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand. Group A features world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, world No. 2 An Se-young of South Korea, world No. 4 Chen Yufei of China and world No. 18 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia. Tai, who has struggled at