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Taiwanese javelin thrower Cheng bags bronze at Karlstad Grand Prix

2019/07/04 18:16:04

Taiwanese track and field athlete Cheng Chao-tsun / CNA file photo

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) Taiwanese track and field athlete Cheng Chao-tsun (鄭兆村) won a bronze medal in men's javelin event at the Folksam Grand Prix in Karlstad, Sweden, on Wednesday.

With a throw of 81.22 meters, Cheng finished third to Olympic gold medalist Thomas Rohler of Germany (83.76 meters) and Kim Amb of the host country (81.66 meters).

Cheng, who has held the men's javelin record in Asia since 2017, appeared not to be in form in the early stages of the competition, as his first throw was 78.05 meters followed by two failed attempts.

On the fourth try, however, he threw 81.22 meters, which won him the bronze medal.

Huang Shi-feng (黃士峰), another javelin thrower from Taiwan, finished fourth with a throw of 78.33 meters.

Cheng has already secured a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, having recorded a personal best of 87.12 meters for this year at the Diamond League event in Shanghai in May, which earned him a silver medal.

At the Universiade in Taipei in 2017, Cheng broke the Asian record with a throw of 91.36 meters. Last month, he finished third in the men's event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics competition in Oslo, Norway, throwing 84.30 meters.

His next competition will be at the Diamond League Monaco on July 12.

(By Long Po-an and Emerson Lim)