Taiwan’s table tennis team advances to quarterfinals in London

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/02/23
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s women’s table tennis team cruised past their Australian opponents in three straight matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Team World Cup in London on Friday.

Competing in a best-of-five-match encounter, the team from Taiwan swept Australia with wins in a doubles and two singles matches to top Group D and book a spot in the quarterfinals against North Korea.

Taiwan had previously defeated Romania in the three-team preliminary round group.

Taiwan’s Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽), Cheng Hsien-tzu (鄭先知) and Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) carried the team to victory over Australia in the best-of-five-match encounter.

Taiwan slump to sixth spot in men’s baseball rankings

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 24, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan have dropped two spots to sixth in the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s latest men’s baseball world rankings, which weigh the performance of national teams in sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

The world governing body for baseball and softball on Thursday released its newest rankings based on the performances of national teams from 2015 to this year and recent poor performances have seen Taiwan sink two places from fourth to sixth place.

With a cumulative score of 2,520, Taiwan have been passed by Cuba and Mexico, which rank fourth and fifth respectively.

As performances in 2014 are no longer taken into account, Taiwan’s scores from the 2014 U21 Baseball World Cup no longer cushion the nation’s relatively lackluster performances in the years since.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei 101 to host Towerrunning World Championships in May

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/02/19
By: Chu Tse-wei and Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Taipei’s landmark skyscraper Taipei 101 is preparing to host the

CNA file photo

Towerrunning World Championships in May, a spokesman for the building told CNA.

Taipei 101 has won the right to host the Towerrunning World Association’s (TWA) highest level competition on May 5, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪) said recently, and he anticipated it will be an excellent test for the world’s top stair runners.

It will be only the second time a world championship has been held in the sport, following the debut event in Doha in 2015, and 60 elite stair runners from around the world and 100 Taiwanese athletes are expected to compete, Liu said.

Taipei 101 has held a stair-climbing race annually since 2005, and with 91 floors, 2,046 stairs and a vertical height of 390 meters to scale, it has emerged as one of the world’s most difficult climbing challenges.   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan speed skater places 20th in women’s 1,000 meters at Olympics

Taiwan News  
Date: 2018/02/15
By:  Central News Agency

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese Huang Yu-ting finished 20th in the women’s 1,000 meters speed skating event at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Wednesday.

Huang finished the race in 1 minute, 16.44 seconds, coming in 20th in a field 31 skaters in the 1,000-meter event.

Jorien Ter Mors, 28, of the Netherlands won gold in the event, clocking 1 minute, 13.56 seconds and breaking the Olympic record of 1 min, 13.83 seconds previously held by Chris Witty of the United States.

On Monday, Huang fell in the women’s 1,500m speed skating event, and finished at the bottom of the pack in a field of 27 competitors.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese Wang Chien-Ming in 25-man roster for New York Yankees Baseball Dream Team 

Who is in your dream team roster?

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/02/13
By: Mabel Neo, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Singapore (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese professional pitcher Wang Chien-Ming (王建民)

(By Wikimedia Commons)

was chosen as one of the pitchers in the “dream team” 25-man roster by New York Yankees official media Pinstripe Alley.

According to Pinstripe Alley, the players were chosen based on one of their individual seasons in pinstripes from 2003 to 2017.

Wang starred in the New York Yankees from 2005 to 2008. He led the league in 19 back to back wins in 2016 and finished second in the Cy Young voting behind Johan Santana.

Wang spent two years in the Washington Nationals organization in 2011 and 2012 and then did stints in the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Seattle Mariners organizations before joining the Royals in 2016.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan female speed skater Huang falls in last lap of 1,500 m race

Taiwanese female speed skater Huang Yu-ting falls during the last lap in Pyeongchang Olympics 

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/02/13
By: Mabel Neo, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI(Taiwan News)- Taiwanese female speed skater Huang Yu-ting fell at the last lap

Image from Huang Yu-ting’s Facebook Page

in the Women’s 1,500 meter speed skating finals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games yesterday (Feb 12).

Huang took the lead after the 400 meter mark in her second lap. However, her competitor Gabriele Hirschbichler from Germany took the lead in the final lap and was ahead of the race after the third lap. Huang tried to speed up but she lost her balance at the last turn and skidded off the track and hit the guardrail. She immediately got up and tried to skate toward the finish line. She completed her race in 2 minutes 18.84 seconds.

This is Huang‘s debut in the Winter Olympics. She qualified for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Dec. 3 last year after the ISU Speed Skating World Cup qualifying match held in Canada    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese fan flies 6,500 miles to watch Vince Carter, gets to join practice

After flying 6,500 miles, Taiwanese fan gets to practice with Vince Carter and throws him an alley-oop pass for a dunk

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/02/12
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A long-time, loyal Taiwanese fan of eight-time NBA all star

Cheng’s poster. (Screen capture from Sacramento Kings Twitter)

player Vince Carter flew 13 hours and 6,500 miles to watch his idol play, but was surprised with the chance of a lifetime to join him in practice and even got to toss the 2000 NBA Slam dunk Champion an alley-oop for a two-handed jam.

A 17-year-old fan of Carter, surnamed Cheng, flew approximately 6,500 from Taipei to Sacramento, California to ostensibly to watch the 41-year-old NBA star play four games in person. However, a Twitter campaign that Cheng started earlier in the month to allow him a chance to meet Carter in person paid off, with him getting invited to a pre-game warmup to throw passes directly to his idol.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Lien takes the hard road to Pyeongchang

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 08, 2018
By: Reuters, PYEONGCHANG, South Korea

Stories of sacrifice abound among Olympians, but Taiwanese luger Lien Te-an has quite literally taken the hard road to get to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

With little snow in his steamy homeland and no proper luge tracks to speak of, Lien speeds down mountain highways in Yilan County on a wheeled sled when not training on the ice abroad.

Reaching speeds of 105kph, it can be a white-knuckle ride for Lien, but also quite startling for car and truck drivers when the 23-year-old whizzes past them while lying supine on his sled.

“We take off the steels [blades] and put on the wheels and we can train everywhere in Taiwan,” he told reporters yesterday at the Pyeongchang Athletes’ Village.

Babos takes trophy in Taiwan

TAIWANESE SHUTOUT: The hosts’ hopes were crushed on Saturday after the three Taiwanese left in the doubles crashed out, only posting four points between them

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 05, 2018

Fourth-seeded Timea Babos yesterday defeated Kateryna Kozlova 7-5, 6-1 to win the

Timea Babos yesterday celebrates winning a point against Kateryna Kozlova during the Taiwan Open singles final in Taipei. Photo: Louis Chi, EPA

singles final, while Chinese pair Duan Yingying and Wang Yafan fought to claim the doubles trophy at the Taiwan Open.

After a tight first set, Babos took control with a hard-hitting display to claim her third WTA singles trophy of her career at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.

After dropping the first set, the 23-year-old Kozlova had a misstep serving at 1-0 in the second set, when she hit two unforced errors and a double fault to be broken right away.

Babos pounced, holding serve for a commanding 3-0 lead.

Kozlova won the next game, but Babos held to go up 4-1 and broke her opponent again before serving for the win after 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Kozlova, contesting her first WTA final, had beaten Babos in their only previous meeting in the qualifying of the 2015 Qatar Total Open in Doha.

Babos added to previous title runs at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey in 2012 and the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest last year.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese make Japan league

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 05, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Three Taiwanese players yesterday made the Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL)

Taiwanese baseball players, from left, pitcher-outfielder Tseng Chi, pitcher-infielder Hsieh Yu-ying and outfielder Shen Chia-wen pose for the media in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Lo Chih-peng, Taipei Times

after successful tryouts, marking the first time Taiwanese are to play in the league.

Pitcher-infielder Hsieh Yu-ying and outfielder Shen Chia-wen are to play for the Kyoto Flora, while pitcher-outfielder Tseng Chi is to join the Aichi Dione.

“We will do our best to hopefully soon make the starting lineup,” Hsieh told a news briefing in Taipei. “By joining the league, we also hope to encourage others to follow.”

Tseng said the three are aiming to soon become fully integrated into their teams.

“Hopefully, we can blend into the teams as soon as possible,” said Tseng, whose younger brother, Tseng Jen-ho, made his MLB debut in September last year with the Chicago Cubs.