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OLYMPICS: Taiwanese gear up for cycling, shot put Monday

2012/08/06 13:50:19

London, Aug. 6 (CNA) Two Taiwanese athletes are scheduled to compete in the women's cycling and shot put events at the London Olympics on Monday, while the competitor in the men's RS-X sailing was eliminated Sunday in the qualifying round.

Hsiao Mei-yu, the only Taiwanese cyclist at the London Olympics, will begin her race in the six-event women's omnium at the Velodrome venue on Monday.

Hsiao, 27, completed the cycling road race at the London Games over the time limit in pouring rain on July 29.

Her coach Hsu Jui-te said that after a week of rest, Hsiao should be able to make it into the top 10 in track cycling and may have a chance to push into the top five if she performs well.

Hsiao is scheduled to ride a flying lap, a 20-kilometer points race, and an elimination race on Monday, then a 3-km individual pursuit, a 10-km scratch race and a 500-meter time trial on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Lin Chia-ying, who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will be trying to qualify in the first round of women's shot put in London on Monday.

The 29-year-old Lin said she is aiming to break Taiwan's national record of 17.38 meters, which she created in May.

Another two-time Olympic athlete, skipper Chang Hao, saw his run at the London Games end on Sunday, placing 35 among the 38 athletes competing in the sail board discipline in the men's RS-X sailing.

Although Chang showed some improvement in the last two rounds of the 10-round race that started July 31, he did not make through to the medal level.

Chang's ranking in the race was in the 30s before the ninth and 10th rounds on Sunday, in which he finished 24th and 22nd, respectively.

"There is still a lot to learn," said the 21-year-old, noting that the sport is relatively new in Taiwan.

Although Chang competed in the Beijing Olympics, he needs to gain more competition experience and acquire better techniques, his Australian coach Alex Mowday said.

Chang, who is about to enter his senior year in an undergraduate program at National Penghu University of Science and Technology, is eying the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea's Incheon and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as his next chances to make a mark in the sport.

As of Sunday, the Taiwan Olympics team had gained one medal -- a silver by Hsu Shu-ching in women's weightlifting.

(By Lee Yu-cheng, Lung Po-an and Kay Liu)
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