A 16-year-old gymnast, Ting Hua-tien, has become Taiwan’s first athlete to qualify for the Olympics after 51 years, following her successful performance in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Stuttgart, Germany. Not to be outdone, the men’s team also qualified to join the Olympic team.
Ting competed in the individual all-around, with an overall score of 48.398. She finished 88th in the world, meaning that she’s qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Ting’s achievement makes her the first female gymnast to join ter the Olympics game after Hong Tai-kwai (洪丹桂) and Yu Mai-lee (余美麗), who competed during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Meanwhile, the men’s team also secured its place in the Olympics. The team received an overall score of 250.093, 12 points more than last year, allowing them to advance to the final round in the championships.
What’s more? Another two male gymnasts, Lee Chih-Kai and Tang Chia-Hung, advanced in the final round of individual all-round. Tan was qualified to compete for the final round on the horizontal bar event. Lee Chih-Kai and Shiao Yu-jan both advanced to the final round on the pommel horse contest.
Lee is also known for appearing in the 2005 documentary “Jump! Boy” iduring which the director filming seven elementary boys dedicating themselves to training in order to become the great gymnasts in the world.
By Carol Kan