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Karate athlete wins Taiwan's 10th gold at Asian Games

2014/10/04 16:13:23

Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) Taiwan's Ku Tsui-ping won a gold medal Saturday with an 8-3 victory over Yekaterina Khupovets of Kazakhstan in the women's under-50kg karate final on the last day of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

With Taiwan's last chance of taking its 10th gold resting on her, Ku defeated two South Korean opponents 4-0 and 2-0, respectively, and a Chinese competitor 3-2 to advance to the semifinals.

The 19-year-old University of Taipei student then overpowered a Hong Kong opponent 3-0 to advance to the final against Khupovests.

Ku took an early lead over Khupovests in the first minute of the fight, scoring three points. In the second minute, Khupovests scored her first point, but Kuo later came back to widen her lead 6-1, and finished the match 8-3.

Earlier in the day Taiwan won two bronze medals, in table tennis and soft tennis.

As of the end of Friday, Taiwan ranked 10th among 45 participating nations at the Asian Games with 9 gold, 18 silver and 20 bronze medals.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Evelyn Kao)