Taiwanese speed skater breaks 500-meter world record in Nanjing

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/09/14
By: Li Chin-wei and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹) broke the world record in

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the women’s 500-meter speed skating event in the semifinals at the Roller Games World Championships in Nanjing last week, although she did not go on to win a medal in the finals.

Chen clocked 43.122 seconds in the semifinal race, beating the time of 43.247 set by Colombian Hellen Montoya in 2015 in Kaohsiung, the Chinese Taipei Roller Sports Federation said Thursday.

The new record, however, has not yet been made official by the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), the world governing body for roller sports, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, chairman of the local sports federation Chiang Ping-cheng (蔣炳正) said.

On Chen’s return from Nanjing, she said that although she finished fourth in the final of the 500m event, she was happy to have broken the world record.   [FULL  STORY]

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