Taiwan Selects Experienced Team for Tokyo


Tang Chia-Hung, Lee Chih-Kai, Yu Chao-Wei, and Shiao Yu-Jan

The Taiwanese team is set for the 2020 Olympic Games, according to the Chinese Taipei Gymnastics Association.

Lee Chih-Kai, Shiao Yu-Jan, Tang Chia-Hung, and Yu Chao-Wei are the four who are expected to compete in Tokyo later this summer. All were members of the team that finished sixth in the team final at world championships in 2019, where they also earned a team berth to the Olympics, Taiwan’s first full team qualification since the last time the Games were held in Tokyo back in 1964.

Lee and Tang are the strongest all-arounders on the team, and will also hope to make individual finals, with Lee a standout on pommel horse while Tang will be shooting for high bar. Shiao will also provide big scores on pommels and will hope to make that final, while Yu, a rings standout, will fill in the gaps and could have an outside shot at making the rings final.

Hung Yuan-Hsi, a 19-year-old who competed at the Junior Asian Championships in 2018, and Tseng Wei-Sheng, a veteran of many world cups who also competed at world championships in 2017, are the alternates.

The women’s program didn’t qualify a full team to the Olympics, but Ting Hua-Tien, the 2019 Asian Championships beam gold medalist, earned an individual berth in the all-around competition at worlds in 2019.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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