OLYMPICS/Taiwan gymnast grabs silver in pommel horse at Tokyo Games

08/01/2021 07:28 PM
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Gymnast Lee Chih-kai. CNA photo Aug. 1, 2021
Gymnast Lee Chih-kai. CNA photo Aug. 1, 2021

Tokyo, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) won the silver medal in the men's pommel horse event -- Taiwan's first Olympic medal in the sport -- at the Tokyo Games on Sunday.

Lee, 25, scored a total of 15.400 points -- 8.700 for execution and 6.700 for difficulty -- in his routine at his second Summer Games.

Max Whitlock of the United Kingdom, the gold medalist in the event at the 2016 Rio Games, successfully defended his title, scoring 8.583 for execution and 7.000 for difficulty, to gain a total 15.583 points.

Lee's silver medal performance was a bounce back from a disastrous showing last Wednesday, when he fell from the pommel horse during the men's all-around event.

CNA photo Aug. 1, 2021
CNA photo Aug. 1, 2021

On July 26, the Taiwan's men's gymnastic team failed to advance from its 10th place among the twelve teams in the competition.

Earlier Sunday, Taiwan won another medal at the Olympics, when golfer Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) snagged bronze in the men's individual stroke play competition.

(By Lung Po-an and Kay Liu)

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