Asian Games: Wushu athlete Tsai Tse-min bags first medal for Taiwan

Tsai clinches a bronze medal for the Changquan event

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(By Central News Agency)

JAKARTA(Taiwan News)- Taiwanese athlete Tsai Tse-min (蔡澤民) bagged Taiwan's first medal at 2018 Asian Games by clinching bronze in the Wushu-Changquan event.

Tsai earned a total of 9.70 points in the Men's Changquan competition, the first medal event of the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Changquan (長拳), meaning long fist in Chinese, is a form of martial arts that is considered to contain a balance of hand and foot techniques. In particular, it is renowned for its impressive acrobatic kicks.

Tsai made his debut at the 2018 Asian Games in bright yellow attire, with the first half of the routine showing high difficulty skills, somersaulting and spinning, and striking in a unique style.

In an interview with Tsai, he said, "this (performance) focuses on the intensity, I have to use impressive moves to attract the attention of the judges, and nearing the end of the routine, my physical strength is gradually declining, so I decided to be more conservative with my moves."

23-year-old Tsai performed well in his event, showing a perfect degree of softness and strength, earning a total score of 9.70 points, which was only second to the athletes from China and Indonesia. Sun Pei-yuan of China won the gold medal with 9.75 points, followed by Edgar Xavier Marvelo from Indonesia with 9.72 points.