ROC table tennis player wins bronze in Sydney

The China Post staff and agencies

The Chinese Taipei team snatched its third accolade at the Olympic Games in Sydney yesterday, when its table tennis player, Chen Jing, won a bronze medal in the women’s singles.

The third-seeded Chen eventually won comfortably after starting slowly, defeating Jing Jun Hong of Singapore 18-21, 21-14, 21-15, 21-10 in 48 minutes to rank third in the fierce competition. Chen’s victory denied Singapore only its second ever Olympic medal. Singapore’s solitary Olympic medal was a silver which came in weightlifting at the Rome Games in 1960. The left-handed ace player won the women’s singles title in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games representing mainland China and came second four years ago in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a Republic of China player. Chen is the first athlete to have ever captured gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic table tennis women’s singles.

Chen’s bronze was the ROC’s third medal at the Sydney Games so far and its eighth Olympic award in various categories since 1960.

On Sept. 18, Li Feng-ying won a silver medal in the women’s 53kg weightlifting competition. Two days later, another ROC woman weightlifter, Kuo Yi-hang, netted a bronze medal in the 75kg competition. Li, 25, is also a mainland-born athlete.

A total of 44 athletes are representing the Chinese Taipei team in sporting competitions at the Sydney Olympic Games.