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GYMNASTICS

Taiwanese secure 5 medals

Taiwanese athletes on Sunday won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup finals in Mersin, Turkey. Olympian Shiao Yu-jan (pictured) won gold in the men’s pommel horse final with a score of 15,050, finishing ahead of Turkey’s Ferhat Arican, who scored 14,450. Lai Pin-ju was awarded silver for the women’s balance beam final with a score of 12,900, while Lin Guan-yi won silver in the men’s still rings final with a score of 14,500. Lai trailed Romania’s Ana Barbosu who scored 13.950 to take gold, while Lin finished behind Turkey’s Adem Asil who scored 15.000. Tang Chia-hung scored 14,250 in the men’s floor final to take home a bronze, while Tseng Wei-sheng clinched bronze in the men’s vault final with a score of 14,100.

Photo courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Gymnastic Association via CNA

GOLF

Tom Kim matches Tiger

South Korea’s Tom Kim on Sunday took advantage of a late error by Patrick Cantlay to win the Shriners Children’s Open and become the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to claim two PGA Tour victories before turning 21. The 20-year-old came into the final round tied for the lead with world No. 4 Cantlay and secured the victory after his US opponent triple-bogeyed the final hole. Kim finished with a five-under 66 to go 24-under overall in a bogey-free week at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. “I got very lucky on the 18th, I’m not going to lie,” Kim told the Golf Channel. “Patrick played awesome and it was an honor to battle with him and to come out on top, I feel very fortunate. It was Kim’s second PGA Tour title in his last four starts, following his triumph in the Wyndham Championship in August. “It’s really amazing,” Kim said. “A few months ago, I didn’t have any status in the US and now being a two-time winner on Tour, having that place with Tiger, it’s an unbelievable feeling for me. It’s an honor and definitely a dream come true.”

TENNIS

Krejcikova stunned Swiatek

Czech Barbora Krejcikova on Sunday edged world No. 1 Iga Swiatek in a duel between French Open champions in Ostrava, the Czech Republic, to continue her late flourish in an injury-hit season. Krejcikova climbed to a career-high ranking of two in February before being sidelined for months due to an elbow injury. She failed to make another semi-final until winning two titles in consecutive weeks in Tallinn, Estonia, and at home in Ostrava. Krejcikova’s 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win handed twice French Open winner Swiatek her first defeat in a final since 2019. “It was difficult, because I think the beginning of the season was great,” Krejcikova told the WTA following her win that took 3 hours and 16 minutes. “Then the injury and being out for so long, more than three or four months, it was difficult to come back. It was the middle of the season and I was trying to find my form. I’m just happy that I found it and I’m back right now,” she said.

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