Taiwan swimmer qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

  • 12 August, 2019
  • Natalie Tso
Wang Hsing-hao

Taiwan is sending a swimmer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Twenty-year-old Wang Hsing-hao secured a spot at the Olympics this weekend at the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championships.

Fourth from the left is Taiwan’s Wang Hsing-hao. His time at the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championship on Sunday qualified him for the Tokyo Olympics.

There he is way ahead of the pack doing the butterfly in the individual medley race.  The 200-meter race includes a lap each of the butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke. There he is… on his final freestyle lap and yes, he not only breaks a record for Taiwan and himself, he wins the gold and qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 1:59.44 seconds.

Wang is the first Taiwanese swimmer to meet the A qualifying standard – which means swimming as fast as the 16th place in the last Olympics. The 20-year old started swimming as a boy because he didn’t want to go to cram school. After being coached by his father, the famous swimming coach Wang Yao-wei, he’s become Taiwan’s star swimmer. Taiwan has seven swimmers who have made the B qualifying standard which means they still have a shot at qualifying.  

Other Taiwan athletes who are going to the Olympics are javelin thrower Cheng Chao-tsun, shooters Wu Chia-ying and Tien Chia-chen, and archer Lei Chien-ying.

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