Sunday, November 14, 2010

Taiwanese men's soft tennis team wins gold at Asian Games

Guangzhou, China, Nov. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's soft tennis players Lin Ting-chung and Liu Chia-lun pulled off an upset win over their Japanese opponents in the men's team event Sunday, giving the country its first gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games.

In the first match, Chinese Taipei pair Yang Sheng-fa and Li Chia-hung lost to their Japanese opponents Koji Kobayashi and Hidenon Shinohara 2-5, but Kuo Chia-wei managed to defeat his Japanese rival Keiya Nakamoto 4-3 in the following match.

During the final match, the Lin-Liu pair went down to their Japanese rivals Shigeo Nakahori and Tsuneo Takagawa in the first set, but managed to stage an upset in the later stages of the match to score a final 5-4 victory.

The gold was Taiwan's first of the Asian Games that opened a day earlier in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Earlier in the day, the Taiwanese women's soft tennis players won silver in the team event after losing to Japan 1-2.

Also Sunday, Taiwanese judo athletes Wang Chin-fang took silver in the 63-kg women's event and Zeng Han-chieh garnered a bronze in the 90-kg men's event, while Lee Wen-jung won bronze in women's Wushu (martial arts) and swimmer Cheng Wan-jung also bagged a bronze in the 400-meter individual medley.

On the first day of the games, cyclist Hsiao Mei-yu took bronze in the women's 500-meter time trial event and Chen Wei-ling also won bronze in the 48-kg women's weightlifting event. (By Oscar Wu and Sofia Wu) ENDITEM/J

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