Coach, fighter set boxing gaze toward '16 Olympics
By Ted Chen ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following a stellar performance at the 2013 AIBA Women's Youth & Junior World Championships, with two Taiwanese boxers hunting down two gold medals, a fighter and her coach are now eyeing a spot at the upcoming 2016 Olympics.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Two gold medals were won by the heavy-handed Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴), who defeated her mainland Chinese opponent to win the 75kg Middleweight division wielding her signature right hand cross, and Lin Yu-ting (林郁婷), a cunning tactician of the ring known for her fast hand speed, who bested her Turkish opponent to win the 51kg flyweight junior division.
The victories marked the first gold medals in Taiwan's women's and youth boxing. A CNA interview yesterday highlighted the dedication of Lin, and her coach Tseng Chih-chiang (曾自強). Fighting out of National Taipei Municipal Yingge Vocational High School (NTMYVH, 鶯歌高級工商職校), the fighter and her coach are now eyeing the upcoming 2016 Olympics.
A former national team contender, Tseng's fighting career was cut short in the 2004 Olympic trials when his nasal bridge was shattered as a result of a devastating injury.
After earning his graduate degree in coaching science at National Taiwan Sport University, Tseng began his tenure at a designated boxing coach program for the New Taipei City Government, marking the beginning of a promising career with Lin.
Tseng characterized his student as a fearless warrior, and modeled Lin after his own style employing cunning tactics and explosive flashes of ferocity. “She is a natural born contender, and not afraid of pain and challenges” said Tseng, while listing fast hand speed and tremendous punching power as among the most notable weapons of her arsenal.
Tseng now hopes to lead Lin in her dream of pursuing an Olympic gold medal.
In addition to Lin, the Chinese Taipei boxing team spent a month of intense preparation at NTMYVH before the tournament. “All our contenders performed admirably, unfortunately some defeats were inevitable due to inexperience,” said Tseng.
Tseng thanked the support provided by the New Taipei City Government, and the Sports Administration (體育署). Most notably, Tseng commended the government's designated boxing coach program as an instrumental proponent of Lin's recent victory. The program had secured post-competition employment for Tseng, allowing him to assist in cultivating Taiwan's next generation of contenders. He also exuberantly stated that Yingge is making great strides in the endeavor to become Taiwan's leading cradle of boxing in Taiwan.
Taiwanese boxer Lin Yu-ting (林郁婷), top, excitedly rides on the shoulders of Tseng Chih-chiang (曾自強), following her victory over a Turkish opponent yesterday in a boxing ...