Taiwanese medalists share their stories

'The bonus money would relieve the financial burden of my family, so I worked hard to win medals,' Kao Zhan Hung, weightlifter medalist

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- Three Taiwanese athletes won medals at Taipei Universiade on Sunday, Lin Kan-yu won a silver and Chen Chien-chuan won bronze in the Taekwondo poomsae individual competition, while the weightlifter Kao Chan-hung also got a bronze medal for the local delegation.

Lin Kan-yu (林侃) won Taiwan’s first silver in the women's Taekwondo poomsae. She told the press that she took the time to do her make up. She learned to handle it herself while competing outside Taiwan. According to her, this makes a positive impression on the judges.

Chen Chien-Chuan (陳建銓) got the second medal for Taiwan, after winning bronze in the men’s Taekwondo poomsae. Chen said that as the competition date was getting closer, he was using a photo of Universiade medals as wallpaper on his smartphone. “Every time I looked at my phone, I was reminding myself to do my best to win a medal. That helped a lot in driving me to work hard,” he said.

Kao Zhan Hung (高展宏) took the bronze in the men’s 62 kg weightlifting competition. He said that despite his father’s death last week, he had to compete. He said his father had been a great influence on him, and that event though he did not agree with Kao’s weightlifting, he still trained secretly at school. But as he started winning medals, his father changed his mind and began supporting him and encouraging him.

He grew up in an Aboriginal village in Kaohsiung City’s Taoyuan District, he said he used to see his senior classmates getting prize money for winning medals and since his family was poor, he always aspired to win money by weightlifting. "The bonus money would relieve the financial burden of my family, so I worked hard to win medals," he said.

This is Kao’s first major international tournament and he thanked his coach Wu Mingtong (吳銘通) and Cheng Shiu University (正修科技大學) for allowing him to focus on training. He invited Taiwanese people to attend the matches and cheer for the local athletes and give them support by showing up.

All host team athletes will keep on doing their best to make Taiwan proud, he said. The host team has the potential to win medals in sports including badminton, billiards, tennis, track and field, Taekwondo, archery, roller sports and gymnastics.