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Kudos from Jeremy Lin for Taiwanese taekwondo athlete

2012/08/10 13:56:55

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) NBA sensation Jeremy Lin, who is currently visiting Beijing, posted a photo of Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Tseng Li-cheng on his Facebook page Thursday ahead of her bout for Olympic bronze.

The photo features Tseng's face in profile with her red headgear and a look of concentration in her eyes. The photo also carries a caption in Chinese that translates as "a full fight."

In addition, Lin wrote "come on, go" in Chinese to cheer on the taekwondo fighter, who is a member of the Amis aboriginal tribe.

Tseng scored a dominating victory early Friday local time, beating her rival Suvi Mikkonen of Finland 14-2 to snatch the bronze medal in the women's 57kg category, the second medal Taiwan has bagged at the London Olympic Games.

Lin's Facebook posting drew an enthusiastic response. As of noon Friday, it had received over 45,000 "likes" and more than 1,000 shares.

Many users also left messages expressing their gratitude for Lin's cheering on the Taiwanese ahtlete.

Lin visited Taipei Aug. 4-7 before departing for Beijing. He will return to Taiwan later this month to attend a four-day training camp for 120 young basketball players. He will also attend an event sponsored by Volvo Sept. 1 and an evangelical event Sept. 2.

The hoopster rose to global stardom from the New York Knicks bench in February with sensational breakout performances, and signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July.

(By Lin Hung-han and Sofia Wu)