The 2017 Summer Universiade Held in Taipei

  • Date: 2017-09-08

I. Background

The Summer Universiade, also known informally as the “Little Olympics,” is an international multi-sport competition for university athletes, held in cooperation with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) every two years in a different city. After five previous bids, Taipei City finally won the right to host the 29th Summer Universiade in 2017.

The 29th Summer Universiade was the largest, highest-level international athletic competition ever hosted by Taiwan. The games ran for 12 days, from August 18 to 30, 2017, and encompassed 22 events including athletics, tennis, badminton, weightlifting, wushu and roller sports. Competing in the event were athletes representing 134 countries and territories from around the world. With over 10,000 people including support personnel participating, this year’s competition was the third largest Universiade ever held.

The Taiwan National Team performed outstandingly, capturing 26 gold, 34 silver and 30 bronze medals for a total of 90. This record put Taiwan in third place for most gold medals, behind only Japan and South Korea. It was also a new medaling record for Taiwan’s participation in the Universiade, which goes back to 1987.

 

II. Records and results

A. Athletics

1. Men’s javelin: Cheng Chao-tsun won the gold medal, throwing 91.36 meters and setting new national, Universiade and Asian records.

2. Men’s 100-meter dash: Yang Chun-han set a new national record with a semifinal time of 10.20 seconds and took the gold medal in the final. He was also the first Asian male athlete to win gold in a sprinting event at the Summer Universiade.

3. Men’s 110-meter hurdles: With a time of 13.55 seconds, Chen Kuei-ru won silver, Taiwan’s first medal in this event. He also set a new national record.

4. Men’s 4x100-meter relay: Taiwan captured its first medal in this event, bringing home bronze.

5. Women’s half marathon: Taiwan won its first medal in this event, bringing home bronze.

B. Weightlifting: Kuo Hsing-chun captured gold in the women’s 58 kilogram weight class, setting a new world record with a 142-kilogram lift in the clean and jerk.

C. Roller sports: Taiwan took home a total of 10 gold medals, including five personal gold medals for Yang Ho-chen.

D. Artistic gymnastics: Lee Chih-kai won the gold on the pommel horse, Taiwan’s second gold in this event following a win in 2005.

E. Badminton: The national team altogether brought home five gold medals in men’s singles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. This feat marked Taiwan’s first gold for mixed team.

F. Tennis: Taiwan won a total of four gold medals, in men’s singles, women’s doubles, and men’s and women’s team-classifications.

 

III. Conclusion

The excellent performance of Taiwan’s athletes at the 2017 Summer Universiade exceeded the targets set by Taiwan’s Sports Administration (SA) and laid an important foundation for national team training. Building on this foundation, the SA will continue to improve both training policy and the training environment to help athletes enhance their skills and win glory for Taiwan. Towards this end, revisions to the National Sports Act were passed on August 31, 2017, that will build a more complete sports and exercise environment for the entire nation.