Tai Tzu-ying won Badminton Title

Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-ying 戴資穎 won the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open in women’s singles in Kuala Lumpur on April 9 in the final matches (2-1) against Spanish opponent Carolina Marin. Marin won the first game before giving way to Tai in the following two. This is Tai’s fourth successive World Superseries win (after Yonex All England Open 2017, Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016, and Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2016). Tai, 22, has been ranked as no. 1 in the Badminton World Federation world rankings for women’s singles since December 2016.

In men’s singles, Chou Tien-chen, currently ranked no. 7, was eliminated in round 2 against Indonesian player Jonatan Christie.

Chinese Taipei?

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Every four years, whenever the Summer Olympics comes along*, I inevitably get the question, “why is Taiwan called Chinese Taipei in the Olympics?”

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Taiwan’s official flag, Chinese Taipei Olympic flag, and the Olympics rings

CNN provides an explanation for this, but I want to give it more context. Continue reading “Chinese Taipei?”

Kuo Hsing-chun won bronze in Rio!

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2016 Getty Images – Lars Baron

Kuo Hsing-chun, 22, of Taiwan won the bronze medal for women’s 58 kg weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 9 August 2016. Kuo is of the Amis indigenous tribe from Taitung. She previously competed and won gold medal in the same category in the 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, and the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships in Wrocław, Poland.

Taiwan currently has one gold medal and two bronze medals.

Hsu Shu-ching won gold at Rio!

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2016 Getty Images – Lars Baron

Hsu Shu-ching, 25, of Taiwan won the gold medal for women’s 53 kg weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 7 August 2016. Hsu previously competed in the same category in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and tied for second place for total weight lifted but was awarded the silver medal due to lower body weight. Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan, who was first place in 2012, has been accused of doping and was stripped of her gold medal, making Hsu the gold medal winner for 2012.

On the same day, Taiwan’s women archery team, Tan Ya-ting, Lin Shih-chia, and Le Chien-Ying won the bronze medal against Italy.

Team Taiwan’s Olympic uniforms

As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is only about two weeks away, Taiwan’s Olympic team debuted its uniform for this year last week.

Usually I try to post nice things about Taiwan, and technically it’s not entirely the designer’s fault that the word “Taiwan” isn’t shown anywhere, but I wasn’t expecting the team to go to a neon party. Let’s just hope that we excel better at the different events than designing this year.

Su-Wei Hsieh won title at Wimbledon

Su-Wei Hsieh (left) and Peng Shui (right) winning the ladies’ doubles title.

Su-Wei Hsieh 謝淑薇 of Taiwan and Peng Shui 彭帥 of China (PRC) defeated Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua to win the Wimbledon ladies’ doubles title 7-6(1) 6-1 today in London. Hsieh, born in Hsinchu City 新竹市 and grew up in Kaohsiung City 高雄市, is the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title of any kind. Peng is the third Chinese player to win a doubles title. Hsieh, 27, first met Peng when they were 12, and have been partners for many international competitions.

After winning the title, Hsieh was quoted as saying, “We’re very proud that we can win this tournament together with my good friend.  It’s first title for us, for Taiwan, so I think it’s big thing in Taiwan.”

Hsieh is no stranger at setting records for tennis in Taiwan. First started playing tennis at the age of 5, she is the first player to advance into the fourth round of the Australia Open (2008) and the third round of Winbledon (2012) in ladies’ singles. Congratulations to both Hsieh and Peng!