Taiwan captures first gold, bronze in Rio Olympics

  • Date: 2016-08-08
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Premier  Lin  Chuan  today  sent  a  congratulatory  telegram  to  weightlifter  Hsu  Shu-ching  and  the  women’s  archery  team  from  Taiwan  for  snatching  the  nation’s  first  medals  at  the  2016  Summer  Olympics  in  Rio  de  Janeiro,  Brazil.

The  premier  said  the  athletes’  outstanding  performances  made  the  country  proud.  He  also  thanked  their  trainers  and  rallied  other  Taiwanese  competitors  in  Rio  to  bring  home  more  medals.

Hsu,  competing  in  the  women’s  53-kilogram  category,  lifted  100  kilograms  in  the  snatch  and  112  kilograms  in  the  clean  and  jerk  event,  beating  Filipino  and  South  Korean  rivals  to  win  Taiwan’s  first  gold  medal  of  2016.  For  her  feat,  Hsu  will  be  awarded  a  scholarship  of  NT$20  million  (US$623,000)  by  the  Sports  Administration  in  accordance  with  the  Ministry  of  Education’s  (MOE)  Regulations  Governing  the  Issuance  of  Guo  Guang  Athletic  Medals  and  Scholarships.

The  women’s  archery  team,  consisting  of  Tan  Ya-ting,  Le  Chien-ying  and  Lin  Shih-chia,  defeated  Mexico  5-1  in  the  quarterfinal  round  before  losing  to  South  Korea  1-5  in  the  semifinals  to  qualify  for  the  third-place  playoffs.  There,  Taiwan  defeated  the  formidable  Italian  team  5-3  to  capture  the  bronze.  Under  the  MOE  scholarship  mechanism,  each  athlete  will  be  awarded  NT$5  million  (US$156,000).

The  Sports  Administration  said  Taiwan  has  bagged  one  gold  and  one  bronze  so  far,  good  for  No.  9  in  the  overall  medal  standings.