OLYMPICS/Taiwan karateka Wang Yi-ta earns place at Tokyo Olympics

06/13/2021 12:25 PM
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Wang Yi-ta (left). Photo courtesy of Wang Yi-ta
Wang Yi-ta (left). Photo courtesy of Wang Yi-ta

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Wang Yi-ta (王翌達) won a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday at the World Karate Federation's men's final qualifier in Paris, and expressed hopes of clinching one of the top three medals at the Games.

The 29-year-old Wang will follow Wen Tzu-yun (文姿云), who also received a quota allocation to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last month for the women's karate competition, representing Taiwan.

After a final series of round robin matches involving four competitors, Wang finished second with four points, following Ariel Torres Gutierrez from the United States, who scored six points.

The other two players, both losing to Wang with two points, were Abolfazl Shahrjerdi from Iran and Park Hee-jun from South Korea.

Park ended up third, winning the last ticket to the Games.

Commenting on the trials, Wang said he did not reach his best performance condition until the semi-final and that he had hoped to finish first.

Wang, however, said he felt he had done his best in the competitions and therefore did not regret the results, adding that his goal for the Tokyo Olympics is to be among the top three.

Wang won a silver at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games and gold at the National Games Taoyuan 2019.

Having just become a father last year, Wang said he cherished the little time he had with his family during his trainings.

"My fatigue for the day went away actually after I saw my wife and child," he said.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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