6 Taizhou athletes to compete at Asiad

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-09-18

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Six athletes from Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province, have been chosen to represent China at the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games. The athletes, Huang Yuting, Li Qiaoqiao, Chen Xinjia, Zhang Jingyin, Zhang Guanhua, and Zhao Xinxin, will compete in five major events.

Despite being only 17 years old, shooting prodigy Huang Yuting has already made a strong impression with her incredible feats. In March, she won two gold medals consecutively at the 2023 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Rifle/Pistol World Cup in India. In May, she also won one gold and one bronze at the World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Li Qiaoqiao is participating in the karate event. In April, she won the championship in the women's open weight category (68kg) at the 10th East Asian Karate Championship. In July, she won the silver medal in the same category at the Asian Karate Championship.

Sepak takraw, also known as "kick volleyball", is particularly popular in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The 25-year-old Chen Xinjia, a native of Linhai, a county-level city in Taizhou, will represent the national women's sepak takraw team in the event.

Zhang Jingyin and Zhang Guanhua are both talented volleyball players who were trained at Wenling Xinhe Middle School. Hopes are high that they will deliver even more spectacular performances at the Asian Games.

This year's Asian Games also includes a chess competition, which has garnered much attention. Zhao Xinxin, born in the county-level of Wenling in 1988, will represent China in the event. At the age of 21, she won the 11th World Chess Championship, becoming the fifth Chinese world chess champion.