Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's tug of war teams won additional medals on Friday at the 2019 World U23 and Junior Outdoor Tug Of War Championships held in Ireland.
The Tug of War World Championships 2019 consist of two events -- Outdoor Open Club Championships and World Championships -- both of which are taking place at Ireland's Castlebar from Sept. 5-8.
On the second day of the tournament's Outdoor Open Club Championships, the Taiwan team secured two golds, two silvers and one bronze after winning two golds, one silver and 1 bronze in the first day's competition on Thursday.
The Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association said the open club championships served as a warm up for the upcoming world championships scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and hoped the Taiwanese athletes will secure an additional three golds and three silvers over the two days.
On Friday, the joint team organized by Taipei Jingmei Girls High School and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) won a gold medal in the women's U23-500 kilogram category, while another team led by National Taiwan Sport University grasped a silver medal in the same category.
Meanwhile, the joint team of Jingmei and NTNU also bagged one gold in the women's U23-560 kg class, and the joint team largely comprised of students from Jingmei and Taoyuan Municipal Shou Shan Senior High School took a bronze in the mixed junior-520 kg category.
Also on Friday, another team led by NTNU was defeated by a rival from Germany in the men's U23-600 kg class to take a silver.
Commenting on the defeat of the NTNU-led team by Germany's rival, Cho Yao-peng (卓耀鵬), secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association, said the team performed better than expected as it had previously anticipated that they would compete for a bronze.
"They worked very hard to advance to the finals," Cho said, adding that Taiwanese athletes have so far failed to make a significant breakthrough in the outdoor tug of war men's competitions.
He said they need more training to take on the upcoming World Games to be held in Birmingham of the United States in 2021, when the tub of war competition will be changed into outdoor games from indoor games, which is expected to pose a challenge to the Taiwan team.