Japanese team gives record-breaking javelin to Taiwan

2017/08/28 23:19:24
Cheng (R).

Cheng (R).

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) The Japanese track & field team has given Taiwan's Cheng Chao-tsun (鄭兆村) the javelin he used to set a new Asian record of 91.36 meters on Saturday at the 2017 Taipei Universiade, allowing it to stay permanently in Taiwan.

Japanese javelin thrower Kenji Ogura presented his javelin to Cheng at a ceremony on Monday at which Japan's delegation leader Yoshinari Kuriyama and Chinese Taipei Athletics Association Secretary General Wang Ching-cheng (王景成) were also present.

"It is unbelievable that he (Kenji Ogura) gave me such an important thing," said Cheng after receiving the javelin, adding that for a competitor in the discipline, the javelin is a very personal thing.

Ogura, who lent his javelin to Cheng during the competition, said he had used it for the past four years and felt honored that Cheng set a new Asian record with it.

Kuriyama said the 90-meter mark is the ultimate goal for a javelin thrower and that he was pleased to see Cheng set a new Asian record with the use of a Japanese athlete's javelin.

Kuriyama said he was also pleased to witness world-class performances by Taiwanese athletes and that he hoped the presentation of the javelin will lead to more sports exchanges between Taiwan and Japan.

Wang expressed his appreciation for the Japanese gift and expressed the hope that Taiwanese athletes will have good performances again at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

"Taiwan has shown promise in track & field," said Wang, citing the performances of Cheng and 100m gold medalist Yang Chun-han (楊俊瀚)at the Universiade.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Romulo Huang)
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