By John Liu ,The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan karate star Ku Tsui-ping (辜翠萍) dominated a series of matches in the 2014 Asian Games women’s -50-kilogram division to win the 10th gold medal for Taiwan yesterday. In Ku’s first and second matches yesterday, against opponents from Vietnam and South Korea, respectively, Ku managed not to lose a single point, and finished with 4-0 and 2-0 victories. In the semifinal match against her opponent from mainland China, Ku overpowered with a 3-2 win. In the quarterfinal match against an opponent from Hong Kong, Ku again dominated, landing a kick to her opponent’s head to give her a 3-0 victory. In the final match against Yekaterina Khupovets of Kazakhstan, Ku landed a hook kick to her competitor’s head 38 seconds into the match, giving her a 3-point lead. Khupovets scored a point of her own one minute 30 seconds into the match. However, Ku then launched a series of punches and achieved a 7-1 lead with only 35 seconds left in the game. She eventually defeated her opponent 8-3. The 19-year-old Ku is a student majoring in martial arts at the University of Taipei. Born and raised in a remote aboriginal village in Nantou County, Ku has shown much perseverance and a desire to improve herself, according to her teachers.
Taiwan Pockets another Two Bronze Earlier in the day, Taiwan also won two bronze medals, in table tennis and soft tennis. In the men’s table tennis match, Taiwan’s Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) was unable to hold off the offense launched by his Chinese opponent in the quarterfinal. He won a bronze medal in the end. Chinese player Fan Zhendong (樊振東) ranks No. 2 in the world, while Chuang ranks No. 8. Fan reportedly played with great momentum and held the upper hand throughout the game. Chuang, on the other hand, did not perform as well. He was reportedly feeling a great deal of pressure as these are likely to be his last Games before retirement. In the soft tennis match, Taiwan’s women’s team was also unable to overcome the South Korean team on its home court and won a bronze medal in the end. As the 2014 Asian Games drew to a conclusion yesterday, Taiwan had pocketed 10 gold, 18 silver and 23 bronze, making a total of 51 medals. Of the gold medals won by Taiwan, seven of them were in events included in the Olympics: weightlifting, cycling, golf, tennis, and taekwondo. The other three medals were in bowling and karate, which are not included in the Olympics.