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Taiwan wins silver in 540 kg event at tug-of-war world championships

2012/09/09 18:33:20

Brussels, Sept. 8 (CNA) Taiwan's team won a silver medal in the women's 540 kilogram category at the 2012 Tug of War International Federation's (TWIF's) World Outdoor Championships Saturday in Appenzell, Switzerland.

Taiwan's team, composed of students mainly from Taipei Jingmei Girls High School, beat South Africa 3-0 in the semifinals before losing to Sweden 3-0 in the final. The result surpassed Taiwan's fourth-place finish in the same category at the 2010 championships, its best record in the event.

In the bronze medal competition, Netherlands defeated South Africa 2-1.

Lin Li-hua, principal of the Jingmei school, said that even though the Taiwanese team members were on average much smaller and younger than other participating teams, they still managed to fight their way into the final competition with their strong willpower and team efforts.

Prior to the world championship's 540 kg event, Taiwan won bronze in the women's 540 kg event on Sept. 6 and gold in the women's 500 kg category on Sept. 7 at the 2012 TWIF Outdoor Clubs Competition.

The clubs competition is considered a warm-up event for the TWIF Outdoor World Championships. The clubs competition took place Sept. 6-7, while the world championships take place Sept. 8-9.

On Sunday, the Taiwanese team is scheduled to compete in the women's 500 kg category and join with some men in the mixed 600 kg category.

Taiwan's team took golds in the women's 560 kg and 520 kg categories at the TWIF European Outdoor Championships in the United Kingdom last September.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and Nell Shen)