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Taiwanese taekwondo star shines with silver in Korea

2011/05/02 18:19:52

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chunproduced her personal best record at the World TaekwondoChampionships in the female-49kg category to take a silver medalMonday.

Yang garnered solid matchup wins at the 2011 World TaekwondoFederation (WTF) World Taekwondo Championships before losing toChina's Wu Jingyu 6-2 in the final.

She is competing internationally for the first time since herthree-month suspension by the WTF last December.

The 25-year-old suffered a disqualification that drewcondemnation from many Taiwanese during her opening bout at the 2010Asian Games in Guangzhou on Nov. 17. The referee accused her ofwearing extra electronic sensors in her socks.

However, video replays of the match later showed, that she hadremoved the two extra sensors before entering the ring, as instructedby the referee.

On Dec. 21, the South Korea-based WTF banned Yang fromcompetition for three months because she staged a sit-down protestand refused to leave the mat following her disqualification.

The federation also fined Taiwan's taekwondo associationUS$50,000 for Yang's protest and suspended her coach, Liu Tsung-ta,for 20 months for his protest of the disqualification, in which hetried to plead Yang's case.

Yang told the media before she headed to South Korea that she"would not overthink" and would simply concentrate on giving her bestperformance in each contest.

Her ultimate goal, however, is to win at the 2012 London SummerOlympics.

Ho Feng-yen, the secretary general of Taiwan's taekwondoassociation, said earlier in the day that he is optimistic that Yangwill win the World Qualification Tournament scheduled for June 30 inAzerbaijan.

He said Yang's winning of the silver medal proves her techniquescan stand trial on the international level.

Ho also said Yang did not appear at her best in this tournamentbecause she had been out of training for some time. Not until earlyMarch did she start practicing again.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Wei Chen-yang took thebronze medal in the male 58kg category.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Ann Chen)