Member of the Amis aboriginal tribe sets the new national Taiwan record for girl’s sprinting
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At this year’s national junior high games, a second year
student from New Taipei’s Xikun Junior High School, blew away the competition in the girl’s 100-meter dash and set a new national record in the process.
A member of the Amis tribe, Cheng Hsin-ying (鄭歆瑩), had only managed fourth place finish in last year’s competition, showed that she was on a mission when she clocked a blistering 11.97 seconds in a preliminary heat, obliterating the original competition record of 12.02 seconds. In the semi-final she continued to quicken the pace at 11.92, though it was not awarded a record as there was a tail wind of 2 meters per second.
Cheng did not disappoint in the final, when she clocked a phenomenal 11.81 finish, setting a new competition record and seeming to break the high school gold medalist’s time of 11.82 seconds. However, the time for the high school girl’s winner, Liao Yen-Chun (廖晏均) of Taipei Lishan High School, was later recalculated to tie her mark also at 11.81 seconds. Liao said that she had already heard of Cheng before the meet, but once she saw her in person, she was amazed with her speed and said she really admired her. [FULL STORY]