Chinese Taipei were double trouble for their opponents in the taekwondo tournament on Monday night, when Huang Huai-Hsuan and Huang Yu-Jen grabbed both gold medals on offer. Huang Huai-Hsuan won the women’s -49kg title before Huang Yu-Jen claimed men’s -55kg crown, taking their nation’s medal tally in the sport to four at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The two Huangs, who are not related, are members of a five-strong Chinese Taipei taekwondo squad in Nanjing that proved again that they are a powerhouse in the sport by adding to Sunday’s silver and bronze medal haul.
Huang Huai-Hsuan beat Indra Craen (BEL) 12-5 in their final under the eyes of IOC president Thomas Bach and former IOC president Jacques Rogge at the International Expo Centre. Huang took revenge for her loss to Craen in the qualifying tournament for the Youth Olympic Games earlier this year. “It was not an easy fight. I have lost to the Belgian previously so I knew I was going to have a tough final,” the 17-year-old from Taipei City said.
Huang Yu-Jen defeated the Republic of Korea’s JOO Donghun 7-2 in the men’s -55kg final. “I am very happy for my family and for my coach to have won,” he said. “I was nervous in practice but I trained quite well and so I told myself I should not be so nervous for the competition.”
In the women’s event, the 16-year-old Zhan Tian Rui (CHN) and Mitzi Yemaima Carrillo Osorio (MEX), 17, picked up the bronze medals. The bronze medals in the men’s competition went to Mohamed Ketbi (BEL) and -51kg world junior champion Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP).Tho