Taiwan’s Yang Chun-han grabs gold in Universiade 100 m

Yang's victory ends 26-year drought for Taiwan

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Yang Chun-han captures gold in 100 meters.

Yang Chun-han captures gold in 100 meters. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Yang Chun-han (楊俊瀚) grabbed the gold in the men’s 100 meters at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Thursday, ending a medals drought lasting 26 years.

The athlete set the result by running the distance in 10.22, leaving the silver for South Africa’s Thando Roto in 10.24 and the bronze for Cameron Malik Burrell of the United States in 10.27.

Taiwan’s only other Universiade gold in a field athletics competition came in 1991 for Wang Hui-chen (王惠珍), reports said.

In an earlier race during the day, Yang set a national record of 10.20 for the 100 meters. The media dubbed him “the fastest man in Taiwan.” Yang is 20 and represents the National Taiwan University of Sport in Taichung.

He is due to start in the 200 m on Friday, according to the official Universiade schedule.

The medals table Thursday evening still showed South Korea in the lead with 23 gold for a total of 56 medals, Japan coming second with 18 golds and a total of 47, and Taiwan in third place with 13 golds, 16 silvers and eight bronzes.

Video of Yang's performance in the men's 100 meters below: