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Taiwan wins three more golds at Asian athletics meet

2012/06/11 20:57:18

Colombo, June 11 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes won three gold medals at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Sri Lanka on Sunday after securing victories in women's shot put, women's high jump and men's decathlon, bringing the total number of golds won by the country at the sports meet to four.

Taiwan's decathlon athlete Mao Chi-shun, 18, came out on top of the leaderboard after leading in the 110 meters hurdles, discus throw, and pole vault events in the first-half of the second day competition.

He claimed the title with a total of 6,252 points, 295 points ahead of the first runner-up after also leading in the javelin throw and 1,500-meter race events.

The win was not easy as Mao was unable to use his own pole because the airline he flew refused to carry his pole on board.

He had to borrow poles offered at the event. The young athlete even strained his right ankle during practice because he was unfamiliar with the borrowed poles.

It was his Kuwaiti athlete, who used the same brand of pole as Mao's, lent Mao his pole and helped him secure the gold.

Also claiming titles that day were Taiwan's Wu Meng-chia in women's high jump with a leap of 1.79 meters and Lai Li-chun in women's shot put with a throw of 14.25 meters.

With the three gold medals won on Sunday, Taiwan's team now has four golds at the sports meet. The first gold was secured by Taiwanese runner Liao Ching-hsien, who won the women's 100-meter race a day earlier.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Ann Chen)
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