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Athletes honored at 2017 Taiwan Sports Elite Awards

2017/12/27 20:50:54

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Track and field athlete Cheng Chao-tsun (鄭兆村) and weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) received the 2017 Taiwan Sports Elite Awards for best male and female athlete, respectively, at an award ceremony in Taipei Wednesday.

The two athletes both shone bright at the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, winning gold medals for Taiwan in their respective sports of men's javelin and women's weightlifting 58 kilogram category.

With his winning throw of 91.36 meters, Cheng broke both the Asian and universiade records for men's javelin.

During the universiade, Kuo also broke records with her performance, breaking a 10-year world record in women's clean-and-jerk with a lift of 142kg.

Since the universiade in August, Kuo has gone on to grab several medals, including two golds, at this year's World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California.

Other winners of the Sports Elite Awards this year include tennis player Hsu Yu-hsiou (許育修) for best new athlete, gymnast Li Chih-kai (李智凱) for best sportsmanship, Taiwan's women's basketball team that competed in the universiade for best sports team.

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) received a special award for her accomplishments as the world's No. 1-ranked female badminton player, while Lai Chien-cheng (賴建誠), Tai's trainer at the Taipei universiade, was honored as the best coach.

Thomas Tsai (蔡辰威), president of the Chinese Taipei Athletics Association, received the lifetime achievement award.

The Sports Elite Awards are annual awards presented by the Ministry of Education's Sports Administration to honor excellence in sports.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)