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Taiwan beats China in men's team archery at Tokyo Olympics

Taiwan team upsets 3rd-ranked Chinese team with commanding 5 set points to 1 victory

Taiwan men's archery athletes celebrate win over China. (Sports Administration photo)

Taiwan men's archery athletes celebrate win over China. (Sports Administration photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan upset China in the quarter-finals of the men's team archery competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Monday (July 26).

In the 1/8 eliminations, the sixth-ranked Taiwanese team prevailed in a closely contested match after winning the final set over 11th-ranked Australia, beating them five set points to four. Both teams alternated winning sets until the final set in which Taiwan managed to pull off the win with a single point, at 28 to 27.

During the quarter-finals, the Taiwanese team was not intimidated by the third-ranked Chinese team. After tying the first set, the Taiwanese men bested their Chinese opponents in the next two sets to finish with a final score of 5 set points to 1.

After the match ended, the Taiwanese athletes walked over to greet their Chinese opponents. Both sides then exchanged handshakes and fist bumps.

Next, in the semifinals, Taiwan will face the winner of a match between 10th-ranked Great Britain and second-ranked Netherlands. Top-ranked South Korea and fourth-ranked Japan are already set to square off in the other semifinal match.

Update: 7/26 6:50 p.m.

Taiwan took silver in the men's team archery competition on Monday afternoon. The trio trounced their Dutch opponents in the semifinals, but they were no match that day for a nearly perfect South Korea team in the finals.

Nevertheless, the Taiwanese men's team held their heads high at the end of the match, having vanquished two higher-ranked opponents and reached the finals for the first time since the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, when Taiwan also took silver. The country's medal count now stands at two silvers (judo and archery) and one bronze (taekwondo).

Updated : 2021-09-19 18:27 GMT+08:00