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Taiwan at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (1)

2016/08/22 21:20:00

The closing ceremony.

The 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro concluded with the closing ceremony on Aug. 21, where weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) -- Taiwan's only gold medalist at the event -- carried the flag of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee for the national team.

Weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (center) carries the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee flag.

Taiwan, attending under the name of "Chinese Taipei," sent 58 athletes to compete in 18 sports, up from 44 athletes in 14 sports at the previous Summer Games in London in 2012.

Gold medalist Hsu Shu-ching.

The national team, composed of several new faces, as well as a few four-time Olympians, won three medals in Rio -- one gold and two bronzes -- better than the one silver and one bronze the team garnered at the London Games.

The opening ceremony.

One of the Taiwanese athletes who made their Olympic debut was Wong Isheau (汪亦岫), the first Taiwanese rider to compete in an equestrian event at the Olympics. She carried the flag for the national team at the opening ceremony Aug. 5.

Hsu Shu-ching.

Hsu, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, grabbed Taiwan's first and only gold medal at the Rio Games in the women's 53-kilogram weightlifting category on Aug. 7, after lifting 100kg in the snatch and 112kg in the clean and jerk.

The women''''s archery team.

On the same day, Taiwanese archers Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷), Le Chien-ying (雷千瑩) and Lin Shih-chia (林詩嘉) beat their Italian opponents to win the women's team bronze medal match.

The women''''s archery team.

Taiwan's third medal came on the following day, when weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) snatched a bronze in the women's 58-kg group by lifting 102kg in the snatch and 129kg in the clean and jerk.

Weightlifter Kuo Hsin-chun.

The two athletes representing Taiwan in judo at Rio both had tough fights in their first Olympic Games.

Judoka Tsai Ming-yen.

Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明諺) in the men's 60-kg group won his first match in the round of 32 Aug. 6, but was ousted by Bulgarian Yanislav Gerchev in the round of 16 after dislocating his right shoulder, which he had injured last year.

Lien Chen-ling (in white) competes against Japan''''s Kaori Matsumoto in the bronze medal match.

Lien Chen-ling (連珍羚) was one match away from a bronze medal in the women's 57-kg group after winning a repechage match Aug. 8, but was overcome by 2012 gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto of Japan.

In gymnastics, Lee Chih-kai (李智凱), Taiwan's first gymnast to compete in the Summer Games in 16 years, carried a foot injury he suffered in early July to Rio and competed in the men's pommel horse individual event.

Lee Chih-kai.

A fall during his routine in the qualification round Aug. 6 denied Lee a spot in the finals and ended his run at the Summer Games early.

Table tennis, in which Taiwan had six players competing in men's and women's individual and team events, was another dramatic tournament that started with the straight-set defeat of fourth-time Olympian Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) in his first match in Rio Aug. 7.

Chuang Chih-yuan.

Two more Taiwanese players in the individual events were ousted Aug. 8, while Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) advanced to the quarter finals on the women's side after winning two seven-game matches.

Cheng I-ching.

Cheng was crushed by defending Olympic champion, China's Li Xiaoxia (李曉霞), in the quarterfinal match the next day.

The women''''s table tennis team.

Taiwan was unable to make it through the first round in men's and women's team events later that week.

Steven Chen (陳士魁), vice president of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, talks about the suspension in Rio.

Aug. 9 was a tough day for Taiwan's Olympic team, which suspended medal hopeful, female weightlifter Lin Tzu-chi (林子琦) because of an abnormal doping test.

Before the Rio Games opened, tennis had already made headlines in Taiwan because of Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), who qualified for both the women's individual and doubles events but made online comments complaining about not being able to bring her coach. She soon withdrew from the Summer Games.

Lu Yen-hsun.

Among the three tennis players that competed in Rio, Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) saw his fourth run at the Summer Games end after losing his first round match in the men's individual event Aug. 7, while sisters Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) reached the quarterfinals of women's doubles.

Chan Yung-jan (front) and Chan Hao-ching.

(By Lee Yu-cheng, Lee Chin-wei, Hsu Chao-chang, Chang Hsin-wei and Kay Liu)