Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Lien Chen-ling (連珍羚) defeated Dussel Jovana Rogic of Serbia in the women's 57-kg judo final at the Baku Grand Slam 2017 in Azerbaijan on Friday, making her the first Taiwanese to win a Grand Slam gold.
The 29-year-old Lien, currently a member of the Komatsu Women's Judo Team in Japan, is the first Taiwanese judo athlete to compete in Japan's professional league.
She became the first Taiwanese to win a medal in a grand slam competition in 2010, when she bagged a bronze in the Grand Slam Tokyo.
In 2016, Lien represented Taiwan in the women's 57-kg event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but lost the bronze medal match to Kaori Matsumoto of Japan.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Y.F. Low)