Taiwan takes bronze in men's swimming, gymnastics at Italy Universiade

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Wang Hsing-hao (王星皓) (Photo taken from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU)

Wang Hsing-hao (王星皓) (Photo taken from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU)

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan took two bronze medals in the men's swimming and gymnastic events, respectively, at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples Saturday.

Wang Hsing-hao (王星皓) won bronze in the men's 200-meter individual medley final with a time of 1:59.87, making him the first Taiwanese to claim a medal in the swimming event.

In the semifinal, Wang broke his own national record of 2:01.25 set in June with a time of 2:00.55, and again smashed the record in the final.

His finish time of 1:59.87 is only 0.2 seconds slower than the qualifying time standard of 1:59.67 to participate in the 200m individual medley of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The gold medal went to Japan's Juran Mizohata, who finished with a 1:58.88 to 1:59.28 victory over Joe Litchfield of Great Britain in the 200m individual medley final.

Wang will next compete in the men's 400m individual medley event scheduled for Wednesday.

Taiwanese artistic gymnast Lee Chih-kai (CNA file photo)


Meanwhile, Taiwanese artistic gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱), who won the men's all-round final at the Senior Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Mongolia last month, clinched a bronze in the men's all-round event at the Summer Universiade Saturday with a score of 83.950 points.

Kazuma Kaya of Japan won the men's all-round with a score of 87.000, while Russia's Ivan Stretovich took silver with 84.375.

Lee, who came into the spotlight after winning gold in the men's pommel horse at the Taipei Summer Universiade in 2017 and also at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, will defend his pommel horse title at this year's Universiade Sunday.

The 30th Summer Universiade is being held in Naples, Italy, July 3-14.

The Universiade is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation, and is held every two years.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)
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