Taiwan wins men's gold in volleyball at int'l event
CNATIANJIN, China -- Taiwan defeated Japan in a grueling fight to become men's volleyball champions at the East Asian Games in China on Sunday, winning the country's first gold in the sport in an international tournament.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Taiwanese players won 3-2 against a country known for its volleyball prowess in an intense fight that lasted 111 minutes. Taiwan fell 20-25 in the first set but caught up in the second set 25-21 before their Japanese opponents took the next set 21-25.
Taiwan reversed the tide 25-18 and managed to continue the momentum into the decisive final set, triumphing over Japan 15-12 to seal the victory in the northern city of Tianjin.
For Taiwan, the victory was a first for men's volleyball in an international contest and carried much significance for the development of the sport in the country. Until Sunday, Taiwan's best record was a bronze medal won at the 2001 East Asian Games.
“Winning Taiwan's first gold medal in an international event will be a great boost to the development of volleyball in Taiwan,” Huang Chien-feng of Taiwan, the top scorer in the game, said.