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Taiwan grabs gold at World University Taekwondo Championships

2012/05/28 17:44:25

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes won one gold and one silver Sunday on the first day of the main competition of the 12th World University Taekwondo Championships being held in Pocheon, South Korea.

Tsai Wei-yu, who is studying at Taipei Physical Education College, beat her opponent from the Philippines 10-8 in the final to win gold in the women's under 46 kg category.

Tseng Li-cheng, who will represent Taiwan at the London Olympic Games this summer, took silver in the women's 53-57 kg weight class after losing the final to Egypt's Hedaya Malak 2-1.

Speaking of Tseng's defeat to Malak, who will also compete in the Olympics, coach Lee Chia-jung said there was still time to make adjustments to Tseng's training ahead of the Summer Games.

Sunday was the first day of the main taekwondo competition after two days of "poomsae" competition, which tests the basic taekwondo fighting skills of competitors.

Taiwan's team grabbed one silver and four bronze in both individual and group categories of the poomsae competition, which is an official sport of the Universiade but not part of the Olympic program.

Meanwhile, Lee said Taiwanese lawmaker Huang Chih-hsiung's campaign to have Taiwan host the 2014 Asian University Taekwondo Championship has received positive reaction.

Huang, who won a silver medal in taekwondo at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, is in Pocheon as a leader of Taiwan's team.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Kay Liu)