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Taiwanese athletes create third-highest medals at Asian meet

2012/06/13 17:20:30

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes secured two more bronze medals in the finals of the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Sri Lanka Tuesday, bringing the country's total medal haul to 15 -- six golds, three silvers and six bronzes.

This year's result is the third-highest on record for Taiwan in thechampionships, following the 26 medals won in 1988 and the 22 in 1986.

The first of the two bronze medals won was by Lo Pei-lin, 18, in the women's 400-meter hurdles race, in which she finished with a timeof 1:1.45. She said she did not feel well and that the hot weatherthat day did not allow her to give her best performance.

Despite this, she expressed happiness with her win and said shehopes to create new records at the World Junior AthleticsChampionships to be held in mid-July in Spain.

Hung Pei-ning, 18, won the other bronze medal for the women's long jump with a leap of 13.1 meters, her personal best.

Hung, who had appeared unhappy over the past few days, said that "seeing my compatriots winning gold medals stressed me out," butadded that after winning her bronze medal, she felt at ease and elatedat her win.

Meanwhile, the bronze medal for the women's relay a day earlier was won by Hung Pei-ning, Lo pei-lin, Liao Ching-hsien and Hsieh Ching-ju,all aged 18.

China won 23 medals this year -- 15 golds, five silvers and three bronzes.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and I-Ling Chen)