Taiwan judo athlete wins gold medal at Baku Grand Slam

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Lien (2nd L).  Photo courtesy of International Judo Federation.

Lien (2nd L). Photo courtesy of International Judo Federation.

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)
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