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OLYMPICS: Taiwan's first Olympic fencer eliminated by idol

2012/07/30 23:47:27

London, July 30 (CNA) Hsu Jo-ting, the first Taiwanese ever to compete in an Olympic fencing event, was eliminated from the women's individual epee tournament by her idol in London Monday.

Hsu was unable to keep up with Ana Maria Branza of Romania, the silver medalist in the event in Beijing four years ago, in a round of 32 battle, losing 15-8.

Despite the loss, Hsu said she was happy to have had the chance to compete against the world-class fencer. "I even got eight points," she said while admitting she still had a lot to learn.

Earlier Monday, Hsu recorded Taiwan's first ever Olympic fencing win, beating Mona Hassanein of Egypt 15-10 in the round of 64.

In swimming, the two Taiwanese swimmers in action Monday did not make it out of their qualifying heats.

Hsu Chi-chieh finished sixth in heat 2 of the men's 200m butterfly event in a time of 1:59.81, over two seconds off the time needed to advance to the next round of the event.

Cheng Wan-jung finished second in a three-swimmer heat in the women's 200m individual medley event with a time of 2:17.39, more than three seconds behind the time needed for the semifinals of the event.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Elizabeth Hsu)