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Taiwanese powerlifter wins Paralympic bronze medal

2012/09/04 16:25:23

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Two-time gold medalist Lin Tzu-hui of Taiwan won a bronze medal in the women's 75kg powerlifting event at the London Paralympics on Monday.

Lin lifted 137 kilograms in her first attempt but failed to make the 141 kg and 143 kg lifts.

Fu Taoying of china won the gold medal with 146 kg lift, while Nigerian Folashade Oluwafemiayo also had a 146 kg best but took silver because she weighed more than Fu.

Lin, 30, expressed disappointment in her performance, saying she felt more pressured to win this year and that her competitors were apparently better than those at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

However, she said she is already looking ahead to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "I have no right to feel dejected. I'll put in all my efforts into preparing for the 2016 Brazil Paralympics. I will not be absent," said Lin, who won gold at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics.

Lin, who was disabled by polio at the age of two, was first exposed to the sport when she was trying to lose weight. She said the audiences' admiration of her has always been a huge motivation.

Also on Monday, Tseng Lung-hui snagged a bronze medal for Taiwan in the men's individual recurve W1/W2 archery event, after defeating Iran's Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj 7-3.

Taiwan, which has 18 athletes in the Games, is ranked 51st on the medal table with one silver and two bronzes.

(By Jennifer Huang, Lee Yu-cheng and Kendra Lin)
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