OLYMPICS/For Taiwanese athletes, Tokyo Olympics their best ever

08/07/2021 09:06 PM
To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.
Weitghlifters Chen Wen-huei (left) and Kuo Hsing-chun, who won a bronze and a gold medal respectively. CNA photo July 31, 2021
Weitghlifters Chen Wen-huei (left) and Kuo Hsing-chun, who won a bronze and a gold medal respectively. CNA photo July 31, 2021

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes completed their participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with a record medal haul -- two golds, four silvers and six bronzes -- that ranked 21st for total medals as of Saturday evening.

Taiwanese athletes shattered their previous record of five medals set at the Athens Olympics in 2004 with two golds, two silvers and one bronze.

Three-time Olympian Tai Tzu-ying competes in the women
Three-time Olympian Tai Tzu-ying competes in the women's singles final. She won her first Olympic medal, a silver after the match. CNA photo Aug. 1, 2021

A total of 68 Taiwanese athletes competed in 18 sports at the games, which conclude on Aug. 8, and got strong performances from athletes expected to do well, such as world champion weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) and world No. 1 badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎).

Kuo thrilled at winning Olympic gold, but could be hungry for more

Following heartbreaking loss, Tai has special moment with Sindhu

Yang Yung-wei, who won Taiwan
Yang Yung-wei, who won Taiwan's first medal at the Tokyo Games, a silver in the men's judo event. CNA photo July 24, 2021

There were also positive surprises that should give Taiwan hope for the future, such as 19-year-old table tennis star Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒), who finished fourth in men's singles, and 24-year-old judo specialist Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯).

Judoka thanks fans after winning Taiwan's first medal at Olympics

Lin Yun-ju's bid for historic table tennis bronze falls just short

Olympic gold medalist Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo Aug. 4, 2021
Olympic gold medalist Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo Aug. 4, 2021

Taiwan's two golds were won by Kuo, who dominated the women's 59kg weight class, and world No. 3 badminton doubles team Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟), who barely escaped their preliminary round group before rolling to victory.

For Taiwan's golden badminton duo, an improbable journey to the top

The three Taiwanese archers who won a silver medal in the men
The three Taiwanese archers who won a silver medal in the men's team event. CNA photo July 26, 2021

The four silver medal winners were the men's archery team -- Deng Yu-cheng (鄧宇成), Tang Chih-chun (湯智鈞) and Wei Chun-heng (魏均珩) -- gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) in the pommel horse, Tai in the badminton women's singles, and Yang in the men's 60kg judo class. Among the bronze-medal winners were boxer Huang Hsiao-wen (黃筱雯) in the women's flyweight category, golfer Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) in men's golf, and karateka Wen Tzu-yun (文姿云) in the women's kumite 55kg category.

Taiwan's men's archery team wins silver at Tokyo Olympics

Gymnast Lee Chih-kai aiming to turn perfection into invincibility

Unlikely golf medalist rides Taiwan's wave of success at Olympics

Taiwanese boxer caps rise from humble beginnings with Olympic medal

After bitter loss, persevering Taiwanese takes pride in karate bronze

First-time Olympian, 19-year-old Lin Yun-ju (left) puts the table tennis mixed doubles bronze medal on his teammate Cheng I-ching. CNA photo July 27, 2021
First-time Olympian, 19-year-old Lin Yun-ju (left) puts the table tennis mixed doubles bronze medal on his teammate Cheng I-ching. CNA photo July 27, 2021

The others were Lin (林昀儒) and Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) in table tennis mixed doubles, taekwondo athlete Lo Chia-ling (羅嘉翎) in the women's 57kg category, and weightlifter Chen Wen-huei (陳玟卉) in the women's 64kg weight class.

Taiwan wins first Olympic table tennis medal in 21 years 

Taiwan taekwondo bronze medalist thanks officials for Olympic dream

Female weightlifter Chen wins bronze, Taiwan's second medal Tuesday

First-time Olympian, taekwondo bronze medalist Lo Chia-ling (left). CNA photo July 25, 2021
First-time Olympian, taekwondo bronze medalist Lo Chia-ling (left). CNA photo July 25, 2021

A total of NT$208.55 million (US$7.5 million) will be awarded to the athletes in bonuses by the Taiwanese government, according to the Sports Administration.

Gold medalists will receive NT$20 million, silver medalists will get NT$7 million, and bronze medalists will get NT$5 million.

(By Long Po-an and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Enditem/ls

View All
0:00
/
0:00
We value your privacy.
Focus Taiwan (CNA) uses tracking technologies to provide better reading experiences, but it also respects readers' privacy. Click here to find out more about Focus Taiwan's privacy policy. When you close this window, it means you agree with this policy.