Taiwanese athletes win 2 bronze medals at Asian karate championships

Taipei, December 22 (ANC) Taiwanese Gu Shiau-shuang (谷 筱 霜) and Wu Chun-wei (吳峻維) won bronze medals at the 2021 Asian Karate Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Gu defeated Sara Bahmanyar of Iran 8-4 to win her third consecutive bronze medal at the Asian Karate Championships in the women’s under 50 kg kumite event.

In 2018, Gu, a member of the indigenous Bunun tribe of Nantou County, central Taiwan, won a bronze medal in the women’s under 50 kg kumite event at the Asian Karate Championships held in Amman, Jordan.

She repeated the feat in 2019 by winning bronze again at the Asian Karate Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The 24-year-old won the gold medal in the women’s under 50 kg event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Gu’s coach Deng Shih-yu (鄧 世 ç‘€) attributed his victory to his precise and careful execution of their strategic plan.

Gu maintained the appropriate distance which prevented her opponent from effectively launching attacks against her, Deng added.

Meanwhile, Wu won Taiwan’s second medal at the Asian Karate Championships in Almaty on Tuesday by claiming a bronze medal in the men’s under 84 kg category.

Taiwanese karateka Chao Jou (趙 柔) also failed to clinch a medal in the women’s under-68kg event after losing to her Vietnamese opponent 2-1 in the bronze medal match.

The 2021 Asian Karate Championships will take place over four days from December 19 to 22, with the participation of around 500 athletes from 23 countries in Asia.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)

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