Athlete takes silver in pole vault event at Deaflympics


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese pole vault athlete Chen Chung-yu won a silver medal and set a new national record Thursday at the 2013 Summer Deaflympics in Bulgaria.

Chen cleared the bar at 4.8 meters in the men’s final of the competition, recording a personal best and the highest jump by a Taiwanese competitor in the special event. In women’s bowling, Taiwan also won a silver medal, while South Korea took gold.

Meanwhile, karate athlete Lu Chin-feng bagged a silver medal for Taiwan in the men’s 75-84kg category, while his teammate Chiu Yi hao took bronze in the under-75kg category.

Wen Chih hsuan and Yang Jung-tsung of Taiwan also won bronze in the men’s table tennis doubles at the Deaflympics.