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Taiwan bags table tennis bronze at Youth Olympics

2018/10/16 13:32:27

Buenos Aires, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwanese table tennis players Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) and Su Pei-ling (蘇珮綾) won a bronze medal in the mixed international table tennis team event Monday at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

Lin and Su took on Truls Moregard of Sweden and Sabina Surjan of Serbia from the European team for the bronze medal after the Taiwanese team lost to Chinese Wang Chuqin (王楚欽) and Sun Yingsha (孫穎莎) in the event's semifinals earlier the same day.

Matches in the mixed international team competition consist of two singles matches and a mixed doubles match, and Taiwan got off to a tough start in the women's singles in the bronze medal contest, as Su fell to Surjan 11-9, 14-12, 11-8.

Lin started slowly in the men's singles before overcoming Moregard 10-12, 12-10, 17-15, 11-5.

The decisive mixed doubles match went the full five games, with Lin and Su prevailing 11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 3-11 and 13-11 to secure the bronze medal.

Lin, who won bronze in the table tennis men's team competition at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, said he and Sun kept encouraging each other to maintain their composure in the bronze-medal winning match.

"I'm really happy to have won a medal and gotten something out of such a long match," said Lin, who credited the Asian Games and Youth Olympics experiences as helping him grow mentally and improve his skills.

Su said she did her best in the women's singles but struggled with nerves during the loss.

"Fortunately, Lin and the coach kept encouraging me to overcome my emotions and calm myself down to win the mixed doubles."

Meanwhile, Taiwanese canoeing athlete Lai Tzu-hsuan (賴子璇) bagged a bronze medal in the K-1 (kayak single) women's competition at the Youth Olympic Games on Monday.

Lai competed in four heats in a single day to advance to the semifinals.

"It was not easy to win the medal because I spent about four months preparing myself for the competition," Lai said. "I still think winning the bronze was just like a dream."

The third Summer Youth Olympic Games, also called Buenos Aires 2018, opened in Buenos Aires on Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 18. It attracted 4,000 athletes aged 15-18 from 206 countries and areas to compete in 32 sports events.

(By Hsieh Ching-wen and Frances Huang)