Hurdler Chen Chieh 'surprised' by AAA Grand Prix win

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Hurdler Chen Chieh 'surprised' by AAA Grand Prix win

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Taiwanese athlete Chen Chieh (陳傑) said he was surprised by his 49.67-seconds win of the 400-meter hurdle race in the first ever Asia Athletic Association's Grand Prix meet in Taiwan Sunday.

"I was expecting just to break the 50-seconds mark to qualify for the Asian Athletics Championships," he told the media after winning the event in Taipei.

His fellow countryman Yu Chia-hsuan (余嘉軒) also qualified for the championships after registering 50.45, beating the 50.50 threshold for the event.

Another Taiwan athlete, Yang Chun-han (楊俊瀚), finished the 200-m sprint in 20.78 seconds in the semifinal, also beating the Asia championships threshold of 21.02 seconds.

Taipei hosted the third leg of the AAA's Asian Grand Prix circuit, following a stop in Jiaxing, China on April 24 and another one in Jinhua, China on April 27, to serve as a test for the 2017 Taipei Universiade.

(By Lee Chin-wei and S.C. Chang)

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