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Martial artist Tsai wins Taiwan's first medal at Asian Games

2018/08/19 16:38:17

Tsai Tse-min (蔡澤民)

Jakarta, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese martial artist Tsai Tse-min (蔡澤民) on Sunday bagged the first medal for the country at the 2018 Asian Games, winning bronze in the Wushu-Changquan (長拳) event.

The 23-year-old athlete earned a total of 9.70 points in the Men's Changquan competition at the Jakarta International Expo, finishing third among 17 competitors in the first medal event at the 2018 Asian Games.

Changquan, which means "long fist" in Chinese, is a form of martial arts that emphasizes fully extended kicks and striking techniques.

Sun Peiyuan (孫培原) of China won the gold medal with 9.75 points, while Edgar Marvelo of Indonesia took silver with 9.72 points.

After winning the bronze, Tsai told reporters that he was extremely excited to be able to clinch a medal in his first Asia Games.

Apart from bringing home the medal, Tsai will also be awarded NT$900,000 (US$30,000) by Taiwan government in recognition of his achievement at the Games.

"I will give the money to my parents," he said.

Tsai said his parents sent him to martial arts school when he was a first grader because he was such a "hyperactive" child.

"I climbed trees and walls all the time, giving my parents a huge headache," said Tsai, who hails from Changhua in central Taiwan.

Now 20 years later, he has become the first Taiwanese athlete to win a medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

On the question of how he manages to excel in his sport, Tsai said he often practices in front of a mirror to find his best moves, which is extremely time-consuming.

However, the medal makes it all worthwhile, he said.

After the Asian Games, Tsai said, he will take long-awaited month off and then consider his next move.

Tsai won a bronze medal in the same event at 2017 Taipei Universiade.

(By Lung Po-an and Joseph Yeh)
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