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OLYMPICS: Taiwan's Chang ranks 12th in men's shot put final

2012/08/04 15:12:58

London, Aug. 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Chang Ming-huang, dubbed "Prince of Shot Put," finished 12th in the men's shot put final Friday in London, recording a throw of 19.99 meters.

Expressing regret about not finishing higher up the rankings, Chang said, however, that it felt great to be able to watch the world's top athletes competing against each other.

"I used to sit in the stands. Now I can watch up close, so I must take a good look (at their techniques)," said Chang, who is the first Taiwanese shot putter to have progressed to an Olympic final in the event.

Earlier in the day, Chang's throw of 20.25 meters in the qualification round was enough to secure him a spot in the final of 12.

"I have honored our track and field athletes," Chang said after confirmation of his qualification into the final.

Besides being the first Taiwanese to make the shot put final, Chang was the only Asian athlete among the shot put finalists in London. He is also the second Asian ever to have made it to an Olympic shot put final since Bilal Saad Mubarak from Qatar at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In London, Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the gold medal with a throw of 21.89 meters, while reigning champion David Storl from Germany gained the silver with 21.86 meters and American Reese Hoffa got the bronze with 21.23 meters.

In other Olympic news, Taiwanese runner Chen Chieh was eliminated from the men's 400 meter hurdle event, after finishing in a time of 50.27 seconds in his round one race Friday.

Also failing to advance in her event was Lee Wen-hua. She finished 10th in her group of 17 in the women's discus throwing qualification round the same day.

Taiwan's has so far bagged only one silver medal in London.

(By Lee Cheng-yu, Long Po-an and Elizabeth Hsu)