Monday, July 26, 2010

Taiwanese cyclists win gold in Commonwealth Games test event

New Delhi, July 24 (CNA) Taiwan won two gold medals Friday in the 2010 Commonwealth Games' cycling test event, coach Yang Tung-chen said Saturday, adding that the competition served to help the Taiwan cyclists prepare for the Asian Games in November.

Taiwan's Yi Fang-ju won the women's 3km individual pursuit event in a time of 3 minutes, 54.84 seconds, overtaking the Australian who was in the lead in the fifth lap.

In the women's 500m trial event, Huang Ting-ying of Taiwan, finished first in a time of 35.91 seconds, holding on to her lead from the start of the race.

"She completed the first lap 0.4 seconds faster than expected, " Yang said. "The races helped the athletes to improve in the area of speed control."

The invitational races were a warm-up for the athletes and allowed them to become familiar with the wooden tracks similar to those that will be used in the 16th Asian Games Nov. 12-27 in Ghuangzhou City, China, he said.

Huang had trained on a similar track in Switzerland two years ago, and has since made good progress by concentrating on muscle training, he said.

The Commonwealth Games cycling test event began on July 23 at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, which is equipped with a 250m wooden track. The test event will run through Sunday.

Yi and Huang are part of the Taiwan team that will compete in the 2010 Asian Games. (By Ho Hung-ju and Elizabeth Hsu) enditem /pc

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