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19-year-old makes Chinese Taipei Olympic team

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nineteen-year-old road cyclist Feng Chun kai was admitted Thursday as the last and 80th athlete making up Taiwan’s team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics slated to open Aug. 8.

Feng, who graduated from high school only in June, will be taking part in the Olympic road cycling events as a wild card, since he has not made the International Cycling Union list of road cyclists that was finalized in April.

Although a wild card, Feng has performed outstandingly in many international road cycling competitions. He won the Asian Road Cycling Championship held in Thailand in September 2007 and was a runner up at the World Road Cycling Championship held in Manchester, England in March, said Feng’s coach Hsu Jui-teh.

Hsu, a road cyclist who won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 and who has been coach to the Chinese Taipei Olympic team for several years, said Feng’s participation in the Beijing Olympics is aimed mainly at gaining experience and improving his performance.

“We are concentrating more on the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou and the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London,” Hsu noted.

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