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Olympics: Taiwan wins first medals in Rio

2016/08/08 09:12:37

Taiwan's bronze medalists

Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 7 (CNA) Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) and three women archers put Taiwan on the medal table in Rio Sunday with a gold medal in weightlifting and a bronze in archery women's team competition.

Hsu, 25, won Taiwan's first gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics by lifting a total of 212 kilograms in women's 53-kg group.

The graduate student at Kaohsiung Medical University lifted 100kg in the snatch and 112 kg in the clean and jerk competition.

The women archers -- Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷), Le Chien-ying (雷千瑩) and Lin Shih-chia (林詩嘉) -- beat their Italian opponents to win women's team bronze medal match. It is Taiwan's first Olympic archery medal after winning a men's team silver and a women's team bronze in the Athens Games in 2004.

In addition to Sunday's victory, Hsu will likely get another Olympic gold medal as she is expected to be promoted from the second place in the London Games four years ago after the gold medalist -- Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan -- tested positive for performance enhancing drugs just before the Rio Olympics.

In Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) thanked the athletes for giving their best, said Presidential Office Spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺).

The president believes every citizen of Taiwan is feeling proud of the the performance of the medalists, Huang said.

(By Lee Yu-cheng, Sophia Yeh and Jay Chen)