London, Aug. 7 (CNA) Weightlifter Chen Shih-chieh of Taiwan finished in 10th place in the finals of the men's over-105 kg event at the London Olympics on Tuesday, with a total lift of 418 kg.
Although the 22-year-old athlete from the aboriginal Paiwan tribe in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County did not win a medal, he broke the national record for the third time.
In the finals Tuesday, Chen lifted 182 kg in the snatch portion and 236 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 418 kg.
"I made it! I want the world to know that Taiwan has an over-105 kg class weightlifter!" said Chen, the first Taiwanese to make it into the Olympic finals of that weightlifting category.
"I could have done better if I were not last in line to compete," Chen said, adding that his body became stiff as he waited.
Chen, who was the flag bearer for the Taiwan team at the Olympics opening ceremony, said weightlifting has helped steer his life in the right direction.
"My life is more colorful than most," Chen said, referring to his rise from being led astray as a youngster to representing his country in the Olympics.
"I just cannot wait to get back to my tribe and share this good news and honor with my family," said Chen, who has now set his sights on the 2014 Asian Games and the 2017 Universiade in Taipei.
Also on Tuesday, Taiwanese cyclist Hsiao Mei-yu finished 17th overall in the Women's Omnium cycling competition.
The 27-year-old athlete finished the 500m time trial in 36.482 seconds and placed 15th in the 10 km Scratch Race.
(By Long Po-an and Maia Huang)