Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Four Taiwanese taekwondo athletes, including an ailing Olympic medalist competing in an unknown weight class, won medals at the recently concluded 2022 Austrian Taekwondo Open.
Two of them won gold medals — Hsu Hao-yu (徐晧祐) in the men’s under 63 kg category and Ma Yu-hsin (馬妤昕) in the women’s under 49 kg category, said Liu Tsung-ta (劉聰達), the coach of the team that competed in Innsbruck at the Olympiaworld sports facility.
The other two medalists won bronze — Lin Wei-chun (林唯均) in the women’s under 53kg and Olympian Lo Chia-ling (羅嘉翎) in the women’s under 62kg.
That Lo even competed was already something of a victory, the coach told CNA on Monday.
Liu said it was Lo’s first public event since winning a bronze medal for Taiwan in the women’s -57kg event at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in late July 2021.
She was supposed to have participated in the Swedish Taekwondo Open G2 at the end of April, but injured herself before leaving Taiwan.
After taking a month to recover, she re-injured herself while training in Korea, leaving her unable to bring her weight down to the level needed for her preferred weight class of under 57kg.
As the injury happened just two days before Lo left for Austria, Liu said he first thought about benching the Olympian.
Liu said they later came up with a new game plan and asked Lo to compete in the women’s -62kg category instead, but the Olympian aggravated an old injury during a warm-up. pre-match in Innsbruck, and she had to take a painkiller before her. first fight.
Ultimately, Lo underperformed at the event, Liu said, largely because she was competing in a less familiar weight class and lacked training due to her string of injuries, but she still turned his experience and strategy into a bronze medal.
The Taiwanese team in Austria will now split up, with Lo and another highly ranked athlete, Lee Meng-En (李孟恩), traveling to Italy for the 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix with the world’s top taekwondo competitors.
They will then take part in competitions in Luxembourg in mid-June and then in Paris at the end of August.
The others will leave for Korea, according to Liu