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Team USA athlete wins first medal in wushu at Universiade

Emily Fan makes history as first American athlete to medal in wushu at a summer Universiade games

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Emily Fan competing in wushu straight sword.

Emily Fan competing in wushu straight sword.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Team USA's Emily Fan made history today by being the first American athlete to win a bronze medal in wushu (武術) at a Universiade games, the first time the sport has been included in the international sports competition.

Competing in women's Qiangshu (spear, 槍術), a form in which the athlete demonstrates skill with a spear, and Jianshu (straight sword, 劍術), a form in which the athlete showcases skills with a straight sword, Fan took bronze with a total score of 18.76. The gold medal went to Li Yi of Macau with a total score of 19.13 and See Heeju of South Korea took silver with a score of 18.95.

Team USA athlete wins first medal in wushu at Universiade

In the first round of competition on Aug. 28, Fan scored a 9.40 in spear, which was just five hundredths of a point behind Seo to secure third place. In the second round today (Aug. 29), Fan scored a 9.36 in straight sword, which was enough to fend off Japanese athlete Ayaka Honda's 9.28, but was not sufficient to close the gap with Seo, who increased her lead with a 9.50 performance, or to overtake Li, who recorded a score of a 9.58.

Team USA athlete wins first medal in wushu at Universiade

Fan's accomplishment is historic because she is the first American athlete to win a medal as wushu is included for the first time as an official sport at a Summer Universiade.

Fan's straight sword performance today (Aug. 29):

Fan's spear performance on Aug. 28:

Team USA athlete wins first medal in wushu at Universiade
Emily Fan Profile:
Age: 19
College: University of California, Berkeley
Major: Economics, minor in Computer Science
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
Years of wushu experience: 12
Martial arts school: O-mei Wushu Kung Fu Center, Fairfax, Virginia

Team USA athlete wins first medal in wushu at Universiade

For more information about this athlete, an interview with her conducted by Taiwan News can be seen here.


Updated : 2021-10-18 15:36 GMT+08:00