OLYMPICS/Team Taiwan at the Tokyo Olympics, July 30
Taiwan's badminton players continued their successful run at the Tokyo Olympic Games Friday, with the men's doubles team winning a spot in the gold medal match.
In badminton, the men's doubles team of Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) booked themselves a place in the gold medal match after overpowering Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan of Indonesia in consecutive games.
Meanwhile, world No. 1 shuttler Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) advanced to the semifinals in the women's singles after surviving a grueling challenge from in-form Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. She will next face 2016 silver medalist P.V. Sindhu of India, who ousted Tai in the round of 16 in Rio.
First-time Olympian and 19-year-old table tennis player Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) finished fourth in the men's singles event, after losing to Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany.
Despite the defeat, Lin has already had a fruitful campaign in Tokyo, winning Taiwan's first Olympic table tennis medal in 21 years, a bronze in the mixed doubles with his partner Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜).
Taiwan's table tennis players will next compete in both men's and women's team events.
The second round of the men's golf competition was interrupted by thunderstorms, with Taiwan's Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) ending the day in 39th place, 10 strokes behind first-place Xander Schauffele of the United States.
The first ever Taiwanese shooters to reach the finals in an Olympic shooting event, Wu Chia-ying (吳佳穎) and Tien Chia-chen (田家榛), placed 5th and 8th in the women's 25m pistol competition on Friday.
Meanwhile, two of four Taiwanese female boxers in Tokyo bowed out of the Games Friday. Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) and Wu Shih-yi (吳詩儀) lost their matches in the quarterfinals and the round of 16, respectively.
Huang Hsiao-wen (黃筱雯) is Taiwan's only boxer remaining in the Games, and she will face Nina Radovanovic of Serbia in the women's flyweight quarterfinals on Sunday.
Lin Chia-en (林佳恩), Taiwan's only female archer who made the round of 16 in the women's individual event, was defeated by American Mackenzie Brown.
Rower Huang Yi-ting (黃義婷) finished 20th in the women's single sculls event after a week of races, a slight improvement on her 25th-place finish in Rio five years ago.
Huang, who saw her time improve from 8:04.59 at the beginning of the Games to 7:52.18 on Friday, said she is now setting her sights on the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
On the first day of track & field competition at the Tokyo Games, two of Taiwan's four runners, Chen Chieh (陳傑) and Hsieh Hsi-en (謝喜恩), were eliminated after their heats in the men's 400m hurdles and women's 100m events, respectively.
In her Olympic debut, 23-year-old swimmer Huang Mei-chien (黃渼茜) clocked 25.99 seconds in the women's 50m freestyle heats and was eliminated.
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