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Asian Games: Taiwanese hurdler bags silver in 110-meter hurdles

2018/08/28 21:57:36

Chen Kuei-ru (陳奎儒, center)

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Taiwanese athlete Chen Kuei-ru (陳奎儒) won a silver medal after finishing the men's 110-meter hurdles at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Tuesday with a time of 13.39 seconds.

The last time an athlete from Taiwan took a medal in this event at the Asian Games was 48 years ago, achieved by Li Chung-ping (李忠平) in 1970 who won silver in Bangkok.

"When I glimpsed the Chinese runner closing in on me, I knew it (the gold) was gone," Chen said, telling reporters jokingly that he was about to leap for the finish line but was already weak at the knees.

Chen sped off the starting line and remained at the front until the 10th hurdle, when he was overtaken by Xie Wenjun of China, who went on to win gold with a time of 13.34 seconds.

Looking back at that moment, the Taiwanese said he felt a bit miffed at himself for letting the gold slip by.

The bronze went to Shunya Takayama of Japan, who finished with a time of 13.48 seconds.

In 2017, Chen came into the spotlight when he won silver in the 110-meter hurdles at the Taipei Universiade, breaking Taiwan's national record of 13.57 seconds with 13.55 seconds.

As of press time, Taiwan was ranked 6th on the medal table with 13 golds, 14 silvers and 20 bronzes since the games kicked off in Jakarta Aug. 18.

(By Lung Po-an and Ko Lin)