Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Summer Olympics
|Chinese Taipei at the Olympic Games|
|At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens|
|Competitors||89 (50 men, 39 women) in 14 sports|
|Flag bearer||Chen Chih-Yuan|
|Olympic history (summary)|
|Republic of China (1964–68 as Taiwan)|
|Other related appearances|
|Republic of China (1932–48 with China)|
Due to the political status of Taiwan, the Republic of China competed as Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In addition, they flew a flag especially designed for the Olympic games separate from the flag of the Republic of China.
Chinese Taipei (中華台北隊)(中國臺北隊)(中華民國臺北隊)(臺灣隊)(臺灣臺北隊) is the designated name used by the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan, to participate in some international organizations and almost all sporting events, such as the Olympics, Paralympics, Asian Para Games and FIFA World Cup.
During the Opening Ceremony, the banner held by Chinese Taipei read (in Greek) "KINEZIKH ΤΑΪΠΕΪ", yet the team marched under the letter "T" (as if though the second word came first), so that it would not have to march immediately after China. The same order was observed in the placement of the flags around the Athens Olympic Stadium.
In Taekwondo, Chen Shih Hsin became the first Taiwanese athlete and ROC (Taiwan) citizen to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She was followed twenty minutes later by Chu Mu Yen. Pursuant to further IOC rules, the National Banner Song was played in place of the National Anthem of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at their awards ceremonies. This was the 15th appearance at the Summer Olympics by the Republic of China (Taiwan) (the 6th under the title "Chinese Taipei").
|Gold||Chu Mu-yen||Taekwondo||Men's 58 kg||August 26|
|Gold||Chen Shih-hsin||Taekwondo||Women's 49 kg||August 26|
|Silver||Chen Szu-yuan, Liu Ming-huang, Wang Cheng-pang||Archery||Men's team||August 21|
|Silver||Huang Chih-hsiung||Taekwondo||Men's 68 kg||August 27|
|Bronze||Chen Li-Ju, Wu Hui-ju, Yuan Shu-chi||Archery||Women's team||August 20|
Results by event
Chinese Taipei had never won a medal in Archery before Athens, but the 6-person team had a very successful 2004 Games. Two of the men's team, Chen and Wang, came in ranked in the top 30 in the world, and they both shot very well in the ranking round to earn high seeds. Chen barely won his first round match, an ugly contest that saw neither archer hit a 10, before cruising to the quarterfinals, where he held a three-point lead going into the final three arrows, but shot 7-8-7 to lose. Wang, seeded lower than his teammates, pushed world #8 Viktor Ruban to an extra arrow, but lost out. In the team event, the Taiwanese were considered outsiders, ranked 17th in the world, but after winning a three-way tie for second, earned an important bye before edging their first two opponents to make the final, where Korea handled them fairly easily.
The women's team were also outsiders, depending on their two top 50 talents, Wu and Yuan, to make up for Chen, who was outside the top 250. This was reflected in the individual results, where Chen was eliminated in the first round, while Wu and Yuan both made the quarters. Both faced Korean opponents in the, with only Yuan winning, then losing the semifinal to the Korean who had vanquished her teammate. Yuan was ahead by one point heading into the last two arrows of the final, but shot 7-7 to lose by one. Despite being 13th ranked, the team qualified third, though well behind the top 2 teams. They shot very well in the opening round to beat Japan, edged Germany, then gave China a decent run before crushing the French to earn bronze.
- Chen Szu-yuan
- Ranking Round: 663 points (10th overall)
- 1/32 Round: Defeated (55) Jeff Henckels of Luxembourg (136 - 132)
- 1/16 Round: Defeated (42) Yavor Hristov of Bulgaria (170 - 159)
- 1/8 Round: Defeated (7) Balzhinima Tsyrempilov of Russia (169 - 161)
- Quarterfinal: Lost to (31) Laurence Godfrey of Great Britain (108 - 110) (7th overall)
- Liu Ming-huang
- Wang Cheng-pang
- Chen Szu Yuan, Liu Ming-huang and Wang Cheng-pang
- Chen Li-Ju
- Wu Hui-ju
- Ranking Round: 649 points (10th overall)
- 1/32 Round: Defeated (55) Narguis Nabieva of Tajikistan (156 - 142)
- 1/16 Round: Defeated (23) Anja Hitzler of Germany (156 (9) - 156 (8))
- 1/8 Round: Defeated (7) Justyna Mospinek of Poland (160 - 151)
- Quarterfinal: Lost to (2) Lee Sung-Jin of South Korea (103 - 104) (6th overall)
- Yuan Shu-chi
- Ranking Round: 658 points (6th overall)
- 1/32 Round: Defeated (59) Kateryna Palekha of Ukraine (162 - 158)
- 1/16 Round: Defeated (27) Małgorzata Sobieraj of Poland (158 - 149)
- 1/8 Round: Defeated (43) Reena Kumari of India (166 - 148)
- Quarterfinal: Defeated (3) Yun Mi-Jin of South Korea (107 - 105)
- Semifinal: Lost to (2) Lee Sung-Jin of South Korea (98 - 104)
- Bronze Medal Match: Lost to (21) Alison Williamson of Great Britain (104 - 105) (4th overall)
- Chen Li-Ju, Wu Hui-ju, and Yuan Shu-chi
Hsu came in around a half hour behind the winner, Wen about thirteen minutes behind.
- Wu Wen-Chien
- 2:23:54 (56th overall)
- Hsu Yu-Fang
- 2:55:58 (57th overall)
The Taiwanese badminton team ended the Athens games with a record of 4-4, with only Cheng Shao-chieh in women's singles managing to get past the round of 16, requiring a three-set upset of the #6 seed to get there. The two doubles teams each won their opening match over outmatched opposition, but then lost to seeded teams from China, though the women's team gave the #4 seeds a good run, winning the opening set.
- Cheng Shao-chieh - defeated in
- Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu-Chin
- Tsai Chia-Hsin and Cheng Wen-Hsing
Chinese Taipei baseball team's Olympic debut came in 1992, and they managed to get all the way to the final, earning a silver medal. With the United States failing to qualify, the Taiwanese, 4th at the 2003 World Cup and silver medalists at the 2003 Asian Championships, were one of many teams hoping to slip into the medals.
The campaign started poorly with a heavy loss to Canada, but had turned around when the Taiwanese shockingly lost to Italy, when the Europeans scored two runs in the top of the 8th, giving the last-placed Italians their only win of the tournament. Chinese Taipei was ahead 3-0 in the 7th inning of their next game against favourites Japan, but blew that lead, losing 4-3 in the 10th inning. A final win was simply not enough, and the Taiwanese did not make the medal round.
The team's best hitter was Chen Chih-Yuan, who hit .407 with 8 RBI. The best pitcher was Pan Wei-lun, who posted a 2-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and 6 strikeouts. Chang Chih-Chia was second in the tournament with 18 strikeouts in 12.0 innings.
- Team Roster
- Preliminary Round
- 5th overall, did not advance (3 won, 4 lost, 24 runs for, 28 runs against)
His nation's only cyclist in Athens, Lin was last at the first three checkpoints, but came on to move past a Bulgarian cyclist at the finish.
Men's 1 kilometre Time Trial:
- Lin Chih-Hsun
- 1:06.240 (16th overall)
Neither Taiwanese judoka won a match, both falling prey to the same move, Ushiro-kesa-gatame, or 'reverse scarf hold'.
Women's 70 kg (Middleweight):
- Liu Shu-Yun
Women's +78 kg (Heavyweight):
- Lee Hsiao-Hung - defeated in round of 32
The two Taiwanese boats demonstrated the oddity of the multiple final system used by rowing, as Wang won his last race, but finished ahead of less boats in the standings than Chiang, who was last in her last race.
Men's Single Sculls:
- Wang Ming-Hui
- Heat: 7:28.16 (3rd in heat 1, advanced to repechage)
- Repechage: 7:09.99 (3rd in repechage 4, advanced to D/E semifinal)
- Semifinal D/E: 7:14.79 (4th in semifinal D/E 1, advanced to final E)
- Final E: 7:07.84 (1st in final E, 25th overall)
Women's Single Sculls:
- Chiang Chien-Ju
- Heat: 8:15.86 (6th in heat 4, advanced to repechage)
- Repechage: 7:48.36 (3rd in repechage 4, advanced to C/D semifinal)
- Semifinal C/D: 8:05.71 (2nd in semifinal C/D 2, advanced to final C)
- Final C: 7:49.13 (5th in final C, 17th overall)
Lin came just one point short of qualifying for the final, while Chang was well short in both his events.
Men's 50 metre pistol:
- Chang Yi-Ning
- Qualification: 548 points (30th overall, did not advance)
Men's 10 metre air pistol:
- Chang Yi-Ning
- Qualification: 569 points (40th overall, did not advance)
Women's double trap:
- Lin Yi-Chun
- Qualification: 106 points (7th overall, did not advance)
Chinese Taipei finished 4th in 2000, but such success was not to be repeated in Athens, where the Taiwanese struggled. They opened the tournament with a 27-inning scoreless streak, and would end up scoring just 3 runs all tournament, half of the next best team. They held on to 6th by beating the two European teams, but looked ineffective against the other sides. The Taiwanese pitching was solid, as they allowed just 13 runs, the third lowest.
- Team Roster
- Preliminary Round
- 6th overall, did not advance (2 won, 5 lost, 3 runs for, 13 runs against)
Of the 14 Taiwanese swimmers in Athens, only Lin Man-Hsu made a top 20 position, and even then only in two small-field events. None advanced to a final or semifinal.
Men's 50 metre Freestyle:
- Wang Shao-An
- Heat: 23.54 s (48th overall, did not advance)
Men's 100 metre Freestyle:
- Wang Wei-Wen
- Heat: 52.58 s (54th overall, did not advance)
Men's 200 metre Freestyle:
- Chen Te-Tung
- Heat: 1:54.14 (47th overall, did not advance)
Men's 400 metre Freestyle:
- Chen Te-Tung
- Heat: 4:03.71 (40th overall, did not advance)
Men's 100 metre Breaststroke:
- Chen Cho-Yi
- Heat: 1:03.94 (35th overall, did not advance)
Men's 200 metre Breaststroke:
- Wang Wei-Win
- Heat: 2:20.65 (42nd overall, did not advance)
Men's 200 metre Butterfly:
- Yeh Tzu-Cheng
- Heat: 2:06.41 (36th overall, did not advance)
Men's 200 metre Individual Medley:
- Wu Nien-Pin
- Heat: 2:08.72 (44th overall, did not advance)
Men's 400 metre Individual Medley:
- Lin Yu-An
- Heat: 4:41.76 (35th overall, did not advance)
Women's 50 metre Freestyle:
- Nieh Pin-Chieh
- Heat: 27.09 s (T-41st overall, did not advance)
Women's 100 metre Freestyle:
- Sung Yi-Chieh
- Heat: 59.18 s (44th overall, did not advance)
Women's 200 metre Freestyle:
- Yang Chin-Kuei
- Heat: 2:05.65 (36th overall, did not advance)
Women's 100 metre Backstroke:
- Fu Hsiao-Han
- Heat: 1:06.62 s (37th overall, did not advance)
Women's 200 metre Backstroke:
- Lin Man-Hsu
- Heat: 2:17.68 (24th overall, did not advance)
Women's 100 metre Butterfly:
- Cheng Wan-Jung
- Heat: 1:02.94 (34th overall, did not advance)
Women's 200 metre Butterfly:
- Chang Wan-Jung
- Heat: 2:16.25 (25th overall, did not advance)
Women's 200 metre Individual Medley:
- Lin Man-Hsu
- Heat: 2:18.86 (20th overall, did not advance)
Women's 400 metre Individual Medley:
- Lin Man-Hsu
- Heat: 4:52.226 (20th overall, did not advance)
Chinese Taipei had won a medal in Table Tennis in each of the last two Olympics, but the woman who won those, Chen Jing, was not in Athens. So, instead, the medal hopes rested with the men, both of whom were top 15 players and top 10 seeds with byes into the third round. Chiang fell short against the #3 seed and eventual champion Ryu Seung-Min but managed to force a decisive seventh set. Chuang played up to his seeding, after winning a third-round match that had a 16-18 first set, by losing to the #4 seed, in six sets. The men's doubles team won their first match, but fell to their section's seed in six sets, after whittling away a 2-1 lead in sets. The women's doubles also strung together a couple of wins, including an epic seven-set win over a Belorussian pair, coming back from down two sets to one, but again lost to their section's seed.
- Chiang Peng-Lung (10)
- Chuang Chih-Yuan (5)
- Round 1: Bye
- Round 2: Bye
- Round 3: Defeated Peter Karlsson of Sweden (16 - 18, 11 - 6, 8 - 11, 11 - 7, 11 - 3, 11 - 8)
- Round 4: Defeated (13) Oh Sang-Eun of South Korea (12 - 10, 12 - 10, 6 - 11, 12 - 10, 9 - 11, 11 - 5)
- Quarterfinal: Lost to (4) Wang Hao of China (11 - 5, 10 - 12, 11 - 9, 4 - 11, 6 - 11, 7 - 11)
- Chiang Peng-Lung and Chuang Chih-Yuan
- Huang I-Hua
- Huang I-Hua and Lu Yun-Feng
- Round 1: Bye
- Round 2: Defeated Nesrine Ben Kahia and Olfa Guenni of Tunisia (11 - 4, 11 - 4, 11 - 6, 11 - 4)
- Round 3: Defeated Tatyana Logatzkaya and Veronika Pavlovich of Belarus (10 - 12, 10 - 12, 11 - 7, 7 - 11, 14 - 12, 11 - 9, 11 - 7)
- Round 4: Lost to (1) Guo Yue and Niu Jianfeng of China (9 - 11, 4 - 11, 6 - 11, 2 - 11)
Chinese Taipei looked like a serious medal threat in Taekwondo as the Games approached, with an Olympic bronze medalist from Sydney, Huang, and two world champions, Chu and Huang. They did not disappoint, putting up a 12-2 record, and claiming three medals, including the first two gold medals in Chinese Taipei Olympic history.
Taiwan's first Olympic gold medalist was Chen Shih-Hsin in the women's Under 49 kg division. She won a defensive quarterfinal, scoring only in the final round, and edged out her Canadian opponent in the semifinal with a score from an offensive kick. In the final, she pulled ahead 5-3, and held on to that lead for the win.
Chu easily won his opening two bouts in the Under 58 kg division, but just survived in his semi-final, blowing an early 5-1 lead, before easily winning the final. Huang was actually world champion at an intermediate weight class that was not included in the Olympics, so he was the smallest man in the Under 68 kg division, but he came up with bout-winning third rounds in both the quarter- and semi-final nonetheless. In the final, it was Huang's opponent who had the big third round, surviving two penalty points to beat Huang by one.
Men's Under 58 kg:
- Chu Mu-yen
Men's Under 68 kg:
- Huang Chih-hsiung
Women's Under 49 kg:
- Chen Shih-Hsin
Women's Under 58 kg:
- Chi Shu-Ju
Lu, the 93rd ranked player in the world, was given a wild card into the Olympic tournament, and drew world #69 Nieminen in the first round, with the Finn winning comfortably.
No Taiwanese lifter came close to winning a medal. Chinese Taipei had the dubious honour of being the only nation to have two entrants in a division, but not a single completed lift, thanks to Wang and Yang in the Men's 56 kg.
Men's 56 kg:
Yang missed two attempts at a 125.0 kg Snatch and one at a 127.5 kg Snatch, which would have placed him 5th or 3rd, respectively in that portion. Yang missed all three of his attempts at a 120.0 kg Snatch, which would have placed him 5th in that portion.
Men's 62 kg:
- Yang Sheng-Hsiung
- 280.0 kg (Snatch 120.0 kg, Clean & Jerk 160.0 kg, 9th overall)
Men's 69 kg:
- Kuo Cheng-wei
- 297.5 kg (Snatch 132.5 kg, Clean & Jerk 165.0 kg, 10th overall)
Women's 48 kg:
- Chen Han-Tung
- 182.5 kg (Snatch 80.0 kg, Clean & Jerk 102.5 kg, 6th overall)
- Chen Wei-ling
- 170.0 kg (Snatch 75.0 kg, Clean & Jerk 95.0 kg, 11th overall)
Women's 75 kg:
- Huang Shih-Chun
- Did not finish
Huang missed two attempts at a 110.0 kg Snatch and one at a 112.5 kg Snatch, which would have placed her 9th or 8th, respectively in that portion.