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Female Taekwondo athlete wins Taiwan's 1st medal at Universiade

Lin Kan-tu punched, kicked and shouted her way to Taiwan's first medal at Universiade, while Chen Chien-chuan took men's bronze

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 Lin Kan-yu executing jump-flying sidekick.

Lin Kan-yu executing jump-flying sidekick. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese female Taekwondo athlete Lin Kan-tu (林侃諭) punched and kicked her way to Taiwan's first medal of the 2017 Taipei Universiade by taking a silver medal in the Taekwondo women's individual poomsae (forms, 品勢) event on Sunday.

Though Lin was leading all competitors in the first round with a score of 8.16, Thi Le Kim Nguyen of Vietnam edged out her Taiwanese opponent to capture the gold in the second round with a total score of 7.593 to Lin's 7.540.

Female Taekwondo athlete wins Taiwan's 1st medal at Universiade
Lin yelling a loud "kihap" during her competition. (CNA image)

Adalis J Munoz of the United States and Fatemeh Hesam of Iran took third and fourth places, respectively, both of whom were awarded bronze medals.

Lin said that she was was moved to finally have a chance to perform on such a big stage and to complete what she had set out to do.

Female Taekwondo athlete wins Taiwan's 1st medal at Universiade
Lin executing a flip during the freestyle phase. (CNA image)

She also said that being on such a big stage in front of so many Taiwanese fans for the first time motivated her even more to come home with a medal.

Female Taekwondo athlete wins Taiwan's 1st medal at Universiade
Lin proudly holding up her silver medal. (CNA image)

In the men's Taekwondo individual poomsae event, Chen Chien-chuan (陳建銓) took third place to add to Taiwan's medal count with a bronze medal.

Female Taekwondo athlete wins Taiwan's 1st medal at Universiade
Chen Chien-chuan shouting a kihap during poomsae competition. (CNA image)


Updated : 2021-10-20 03:33 GMT+08:00