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Taiwanese boxers win 5 medals, including 1 gold, at WUC tournament

2016/10/09 20:31:16

From left: Jan Chun-hsien, Chen Nien-chin, coach Ke Wen-ming, and Tu Po-wei. (Photo courtesy of Ke Wen-ming)

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Taiwan grabbed a total of five medals, including a gold by the country's first female Olympic boxer, at the seventh World University Boxing Championship that concluded Saturday in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) took the gold in the women's middleweight division (69-75 kilograms) after winning the final in a unanimous decision by the three ringside judges (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) against Natalia Hollinska of Poland on Saturday.

The 19-year-old boxer, who made her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in mid-August, reached the gold medal bout with a unanimous decision over Russian national champion Oksana Trofimova in the semifinals of the tournament held by the International University Sports Federation as part of the World University Championships (WUC).

Meanwhile, Tu Po-wei (杜柏緯) of Taiwan claimed a silver medal in the men's light flyweight division (46-49 kg) on Friday, after he was outpointed by Russian Vadim Kudriakov (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Chen's teammate at the Rio Olympics, Lai Chu-en (賴主恩), lost his semifinal bout against Didar Utelbayev of Kazakhstan in the men's lightweight division (56-60 kg) on Friday and shared the bronze medal with Temirlan Osmonov of Kyrgyzstan.

Taiwan's Jan Chun-hsien (冉俊賢) and Huang Hsiao-wen (黃筱雯) each claimed a bronze medal in the men's flyweight (49-52 kg) and women's lightweight (57-60 kg) divisions, respectively.

(By Lu Chun-kang and Kay Liu)