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Taiwanese men's, women's archery teams bag Olympic quotas

2019/06/13 11:57:52

Taiwanese women's recurve archery team

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwanese men's and women's recurve archery teams shot their way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Wednesday by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in the Netherlands.

The third-seeded Taiwanese recurve men's team made a great start against a French team at the 2019 world championships, which act as the primary qualification tournament for the 2020 Olympics, and won the first set 57-55, but was pegged back by the French, who rallied and took the second set 55-56.

The game seesawed between Taiwan and France. The Taiwanese archers won the third set 55-54 to reclaim the lead, only to see the French storm back again 54-55 in the fourth set.

As the game advanced in a thrilling shoot-off with each player having one more shot, Taiwanese archers Tang Chih-chun (湯智鈞), Wei Chun-heng (魏均珩) and Deng Yu-cheng (鄧宇成) managed to keep their cool and scored a near-perfect 29 to France's 25 to secure the full three-athlete Olympic quotas.

"I was very nervous and my heart was pounding," Tang commented on the nail-biter. "I don't look nervous? Don't believe it. It's fake."

Meanwhile, Taiwanese women's archery teams also got their three tickets to the 2020 Olympics by shooting sets of 57, 55 and 55 points for a runaway victory.

"It's the most important match I've ever shot," said Peng Chia-mao (彭家楙), one of the archers. "I went step-by-step with everything and I performed well in the end."

"We are always united as one, and we can gather strength from each other," Peng said. "That's how we stay calm."

The men's and women's teams will next meet India and Belarus, respectively, at the world championships.

(By Lung Po-an and Chi Jo-yao)
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