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Taiwanese archer breaks domestic scoring records

2012/04/21 21:34:38

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Taiwanese female archer Tan Ya-ting, who will represent Taiwan at the London Olympic Games, set new scoring records at a national youth athletic competition Saturday.

Tan, a senior from the Hsinchu-based Hsiang Shan High School, scored 668 points in a 70-meter two-round event to break the previous 667-point record set by Lei Chien-ying in 2010.

Tan, who had earlier in April won gold in a mixed event at the Archery World Cup's Shanghai leg, also broke a single-round scoring record of 338 points, bettering Chang Teng-yun, who achieved the national record by shooting 325 points in the first game.

At the event, part of a national athletic meet for middle school students, the Hsinchu team of Tan, Yu Wen-yi and Wu Chia-hung scored a total of 1,922 points, smashing the athletic meet's record for team scoring set in 2004.

Asked how she felt about breaking multiple records in a single day, Tan said:"I just did my best to follow the coach's instructions and shot just like any other day."

"I tried not to think about the results to stay focused,"added Tan.

Speaking about how she coped with the pressure of competing in the upcoming Olympics, Tan said confidence is the best antidote to pressure, adding that "If possible, I want to set a world record in archery."

Tan, who started shooting as a fifth-grader and made her Asian Games debut at 16, will be the youngest athlete to represent Taiwan at the London Games, which will run from July 27 to Aug. 12.

(By Lung Bo-an and Scully Hsiao)