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Taiwan adds two more golds as Summer Universiade winds down

2019/07/14 15:16

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes won two more gold medals in the taekwondo women's team event and the men's singles event in tennis at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples Saturday to finish the games with nine gold medals overall.

Taiwan's women's taekwondo team clinched gold after defeating South Korea 19-17 in a tense battle, while the men's team fell to Egypt 17-15 in the semifinal of their event to claim bronze.

The two medals brought Taiwan's total haul in taekwondo at this year's Universiade to 11, with two gold, six silvers and three bronzes, surpassed only by South Korea with 12 total medals, including seven golds.

A day before, Taiwan's Su Po-ya (蘇柏亞) beat South Korean rival Ha Min-ah to capture gold in the women's taekwondo under-53 kilogram division.

Also on Saturday, Taiwan's up-and-coming tennis star, 17-year-old Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣), took gold in the men's singles with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Khumoyan Sultanov of Uzbekistan.

The first set was only the second set Tseng dropped in his five matches in the tournament.

Tseng Chun-hsin shows off the gold medal he won (photo from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU)

Overall, as of Saturday with only the men's water polo final left to contest on Sunday at the 30th Universiade, Taiwan ranked seventh in gold medals with nine and in total medals with 32 (nine golds, 13 silvers and 10 bronzes).

It won a total of 90 at the 2017 Universiade when it was held in Taipei, but that total was helped by 37 medals won in the optional sports of roller sports, badminton and Wushu contested in Taipei but not in Naples.

Japan was tied with Russia at the top of the medal table in Naples with 82, followed by the United States with 52 and South Korea with 50.

(By Oscar Wu and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/ls