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Taiwan's billiards gold boosts medal count at Asian Indoor Games

2017/09/22 21:37:15

Cheng Yu-erh (鄭玉兒)

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Taiwan added to its medal tally at the 2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games on Friday when two Taiwanese billiards players faced off in the 9-ball pool singles final.

Chang Jun-lin (張榮麟) grabbed gold by outlasting Ko Pin-yi (柯秉逸) 9-8 in a race to 9 racks that Ko seemed poised to win for most of the contest.

Ko won three of the first four racks and also took 6-3 and 8-6 leads, but he could never put away Chang, who won the final three racks to take the match.

"I played really poorly today. My lead in the beginning was due to luck," said Ko, who settled for silver.

The two medals boosted Taiwan's medal haul at the games, being held in Turkmenistan, to five golds, four silver and three bronze, good enough for a 10th place ranking.

On Thursday, Taiwan bagged several medals in kurash and taekwondo.

Yang Hsien-tzu (楊憲慈) and Cheng Yu-erh (鄭玉兒) won kurash gold in the women's under-70kg and women's under-63kg division, respectively, while Huang Chun-ta (黃君達) won a silver in the men's under-81kg division.

In taekwondo, Chen Yu-chuang (陳宥庄) beat China's Zhou Lijun (周俐君) 20-10 in the women's under-57kg division final, while Chen Yann-yeu (陳彥羽) lost to Gao Pan of China 7-2 in the women's under-67kg division to take silver.

(By Oscar Wu and Kuan-lin Liu)