Kazan, Russia, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwanese competitors in a global vocational skills competition in Russia have snagged a total of five medals -- four silver and one bronze -- in the juniors' category.
The 2019 WorldSkills Competition, which measures excellence and encourages hundreds of young people to turn their passion onto a profession, attracted more than 1,000 competitors from around the world, including 58 from Taiwan.
In the WorldSkills Juniors' competition, eight Taiwanese teenagers participated in six of the 13 categories, with Tsai Po-yi (蔡柏毅) and Lin Yu-hung (林昱宏) each winning a silver medal in the areas of Restaurant Service and Industrial Control, respectively.
The final results table showed Tsai only nine points behind the gold medal winner and 53 points ahead of the third-place competitor.
In the Electrical Installations category, the Taiwanese pair Huang Chia-chih (黃家芝) and Chen Hsuan-chang (陳鉉璋) finished second to also take silver.
Taiwan's fourth silver medal was won by Lin Chia-you (林嘉祐) and Shen Hung-yu (沈弘御), who teamed up in the Mobile Robotics category.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Liao Chien-jou (廖芊柔), who finished third in the juniors' hairdressing competition, told CNA that she had given it her best effort and was disappointed with the results.
Liao Chien-jou, who finishes third in the juniors' hairdressing competition
The 45th WorldSkills Competition, hosted by WorldSkills International, is being held Aug. 22-27 at the Kazan Expo in Russia. According to the website, 1,354 young professionals from 63 countries and regions competed in 56 skills areas this year.
It was the first time that a junior category was included in the biennial competition, which tested the participants' skills in areas ranging from joinery electronics, and autobody repair to floristry, hairdressing and baking.