UNIVERSIADE: Taiwanese find pride, unity in celebrating sports

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/30
By Lee Hsin-Yin, CNA staff reporter

The motto of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei may be “For You, For Youth,” but the legacy of the games for the Taiwanese public is something even bigger — everyone in Taiwan remembering themselves being young and proud together.

During the Aug. 19-30 sporting event, Taiwan snagged a record-breaking 26 golds, 34 silvers and 30 bronzes, far surpassing the estimate of 12 golds from Taiwan’s Sports Administration.

Many local athletes attributed their outstanding performances to the heartfelt support of the public, adding that it was the sense of “defending home court” that brought out the best in them.

Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳), who defeated the Olympic champion and lifted 142 kg to break a 10-year-old world record for clean & jerk in the women’s weightlifting 58kg weight class on Aug. 21, described exactly that experience.

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