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Taiwanese athlete wins gold in Sri Lanka

2012/06/12 12:50:21

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Taiwan's Li Ting-yu came from behind to bag a gold in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Sri Lanka on Monday.

"In the final 10 meters, I overtook the Japanese runner by using my will power," Li said after winning the race in a time of 10:44.94 at the Sugathadasa International Stadium in the capital city of Colombo.

Li, a 12th grader who remained second or third for most of the race, took the lead coming into the last 100 meters, but was overtaken by Mizuki Sato of Japan. Li didn't give up and countered by powering past the Japanese with only meters to go.

Li's performance was not only an improvement on her personal best of 10:55.46, but also broke the domestic record in Taiwan.

"I ran smoothly. The weather this evening was great, so I had the opportunity to perform well," said Li, who had been feeling unwell ahead of the race with an upset stomach.

She also vowed to run an even better time in this year's World Junior Championships to be held mid-July in Barcelona, Spain.

As of Monday, Taiwan has bagged six gold medals, three silver and four bronze medals in the championships, which end Tuesday.

Taiwan ranks second on the medal chart, behind China, which has so far won 10 gold medals, five silvers and one bronze.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Kendra Lin)