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Day 3: Wushu Competition at Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade

2017-08-28

On the third day of competition the battle for the combined taijiquan and taijijian medals would conclude. Fanhui Kong took first place in men’s taijiquan with a 9.67, followed by Hong Kong’s Jiahong Zhuang (9.52), and Ryo Murakami of Japan placing third (9.48.)  But when the dust cleared – or rather when the taijiquan and taijijian scores combined – the gold medal went to Fanhui Kong (China), silver to Yu-Wei Chen of Chinese Taipei, and bronze to Choon How Loh of Malaysia.

 

                                            

Men's Taolu - Taijiquan and Taijijian Combined

 

The hometown team’s “silver lining” echoed again in the women’s combined taiji medals, as China’s Menyao Wu took gold, Yi-Ying Chen of Chinese Taipei took silver, and Uen Ying J Mok, of Hong Kong, took bronze. A media frenzy rushed the press room after the medal ceremony, with a mass of local Taiwanese reporters covering their gloried athletes.

 

                                           

Women's Taolu - Taijiquan and Taijijian Combined

 

The subsequent competitions of the morning brought thrilling weapons action to the gym as women’s qiangshu and men’s daoshu got underway. Qiangshu’s star studded cast offered the usual beautiful yet contrasting spear styles of reigning wushu champs, and it was not entirely surprising to see Yi Li (Macau) take first place, Heeju Seo (Korea) take second, and Emily Fan (USA) gracefully leap into third place.

 

                                            

Women’s Taolu - Qiangshu

 

Daoshu thrilled the audience equally, especially first place winner Mengnan Li, who received a whopping 9.67 for his dazzling routine. Ilias Khusnutdinov displayed typical elite Russian power and style for second place (9.44), and Iran’s Amir Mohammedrezaae won over the crowd, and the judges, for third place.

 

                                           

Men's Taolu - Daoshu

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