Chen Nien Chin is Chinese Taipei’s secret medal favourite in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Chinese Taipei was a developing boxing nation in the recent one decade but in the current Olympic era the country reached the level of the best Asian boxers mainly in the women part of our sport. Lai Chu En qualified for Rio among their best men boxers while Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Chen Nien Chin will be representing Chinese Taipei in the woman part of the Olympic Games.
Chinese Taipei hosted the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships last year which was a great commitment for the sport in the country. Chinese Taipei’s first big success among the men boxers was achieved by Jan Chun Hsien who claimed bronze at the 2013 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Kiev and now he is member of their elite national squad. Their ladies proved top performance in the current Olympic era while their youth team robbed into the best athletes in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Pavlodar this May.
Chinese Taipei had only one boxer in the Olympic Games since the qualification events have been launched in 1992. Tsai Chih Hsiu qualified for the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games but he failed to go through from the preliminary round. Chinese Taipei is awaited 20 years for such a great success which was the result of their great development, coaching background and the rising popularity of the sport.
Lai Chu En turned to 20 just before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and he surprised not only his country but the whole Asian boxing community to get the spot for the most important event of the whole cycle. He competed in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships two years ago but no one expected he will win such a key bouts in the qualification events when he defeated Turkmenistan’s Hursand Imankuliyev, Puerto Rico’s Jose Rosario, Latvia’s Artjoms Ramlavs or Dominican Republic’s Elvis Severino Rodriguez. Lai claimed bronze medal in the World Olympic Qualification Event in Baku, Azerbaijan this June and qualified for the Olympic Games.
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA Women’s Junior World Champion Chen Nien Chin is the best Middleweight class (75 kg) boxer in Chinese Taipei and a big talent all over the globe. The 19-year-old Chen Nien Chin competed in the AIBA Asian & Olympic Qualifiers on March where she was able to advance to the semi-finals and won her Box-off in Qian’an. She attended in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on May and delivered great fighting spirit and in spite of her teenage she won bronze medal in the competition winning several key contests. Chen Nien Chin is a secret medal favourite also in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.