Badminton player Tai Tzu-ying firmly at world No. 2, Hsu Wen-chi rises to No. 38
The Badminton World Federation updated its rankings on Tuesday, with Taiwan star Tai Tzu-ying firmly in her spot as World No. 2 in women’’s singles. The shuttler has a comfortable lead over the World No. 3, after winning her third championship of the season at the Taipei Open.
And another badminton star seems to be climbing the ranks. Taiwan player Hsu Wen-chi made it to the semifinals in the Taipei Open, giving her enough ranking points to move up four positions to No. 38 in the world.
Taiwan’s recurve mixed team wins gold at 2022 Archery World Cup Stage 4
Taiwan won another gold medal at the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup, this time in the recurve mixed team event. Archers Lei Chien-ying and Tang Chih-chun defeated their U.S. rivals in a nail-biter of a match that was extended to shootoffs. The team’s victory was sealed by Lei, who shot a perfect 10 in her last shot, allowing the team to reach the top spot.
Lei Chien-ying and Tang Chih-chun were in full focus in the recurve mixed team final shootoff, where it all came down to Lei’s final shot. She stayed focused despite the pressure, and got a 10, defeating the U.S. team and winning gold for Taiwan.
The event, held in Medellin in Colombia, was Stage 4 of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup. Team Taiwan made its way to the top with ease, that is, until going up against the U.S. in the final. The team started off rough, with an 8-point for their first shot, placing the U.S. in the lead. But they quickly took over, with seven 10-point shots in the second and third round. Then in the fourth round, team U.S. caught up with Taiwan, triggering a shootoff.
The U.S.’ Jack Williams shot the first arrow of the shootoff, scoring 10 points. Then, Tang returned with a 10 himself. Then, it was Casey Kaufhold’s turn, scoring a solid 9. It all fell down to Lei’s last shot.
With a centered 10, Lei helped Taiwan defeat their opponents 20-19, winning the gold. Already, Taiwan has won seven medals at the event, with three golds, one silver and two bronzes in recurve and one gold in the composite mixed team event. Currently, Taiwan stands at No. 4 on the ranking. The next and final stage of the World Cup will be held in mid-October in Mexico.
Tai Tzu-ying and Chou Tien-cheng clinch Taipei Open championships in women’s and men’s singles
Taiwan’’s top female and male badminton players Tai Tzu-ying and Chou Tien-cheng clinched their respective singles titles at the Taipei Open Sunday. It was the fourth time for both of them to win this championship, and the first time for Taiwan to hold the event after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.
Tai faced off against Japan’’s Saena Kawakami in the women’’s singles final. While Tai took an early lead in both games, Kawakami was never far behind her. Tai prevailed, winning 21-17 and 21-16 in straight sets. In the men’’s singles final, Chou faced off against Japanese player, Kodai Naraoka. Naraoka won the first game 21-14, but Chou made a comeback to win the next two games, 21-10 and 21-6. Taiwan’’s Olympic gold medalists Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin failed to win the men’’s doubles and were defeated by Malaysians Tee Kai Wun and Man Wei Chong 1:2.
Runner Tsao Chun-yu sets best Taiwan time at World Athletics Championships marathon
Taiwanese runner Tsao Chun-yu set a new best time for Taiwan at the World Athletics Championship’’s Women’’s Marathon in the U.S. The runner finished the event with a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. The top spot went to Ethiopia’’s Gotytom Gebreslase, with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds.
Tsao pushed herself to her limits, and fell to the ground just in front of the finish line. However, thanks to the applause and encouragement of spectators she pushed herself back up on her feet and finished the race in record time.
Over 1.3 million people apply for gym vouchers worth NT$1,000
Back in April, the CECC issued a policy requiring gyms to admit only those who had received three COVID vaccine shots. The policy impacted gym owners, as the number of patrons went down. In a bid to get people back in the gym and help the sector recover, the Ministry of Education on Monday launched a voucher program offering 300,000 gym vouchers worth NT$1,000. Within minutes of registration opening, more than 1.3 million people had registered. But with so many people attempting to sign up at once, the server crashed for a brief period.
To be eligible for the vouchers, gymgoers would have had to indicate their interest in the lottery last year when they were applying for the Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers. Registration will remain open until Wednesday, and the lucky winners will be notified on Friday. The vouchers will be valid from 10 a.m. on July 25 to the end of August.