Taiwanese athlete Huang pockets roller skating gold at World Games


TAIPEI–Taiwanese athlete Huang Yu-ting clinched a gold medal in the women’s 1,000-meter roller skating sprint Saturday at the 2013 World Games in Colombia.

Clocking 1 minute, 31.248 seconds, Huang beat a field of competitors from Germany, South Korea, Colombia, France and other countries.

She crossed the finish line 0.578 ahead of Mareike Thum of Germany, who took the silver medal. Another Taiwanese Li Meng-chu was third in the event with a time of 1:32.256. In the men’s elimination 15,000-meter roller skating race, Chen Yan-cheng of Taiwan also placed third.

Saturday’s results brought Taiwan’s total medal count in roller skating at the Games to seven — one gold, two silver and four bronze.

Roller skating has become one of Taiwan’s strong suits in international competitions. At the 2010 Asian Games, Taiwan won four gold and four silver medals in the roller skating events, and four gold at the 2009 World Games.

Meanwhile, Taiwan advanced Saturday to the semifinals of this year’s korfball event, after defeating Russia 24-20.

The Taiwan national team at the Games in Cali comprises 59 athletes who are competing in billiards, powerlifting, korfball, speed roller skating, road roller blading, sumo wrestling, bowling, duathlon, ju-jitsu, archery, paragliding, finswimming, and tug-of-war.

The World Games, being held July 25-Aug. 4, are the highest level of competition for a diverse array of non-Olympic sports and are held every four years.