'Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008' comes to a close

Saturday, September 13, 2008

After the table tennis event concluded, medalists from the martial art events (taekwondo, karate and judo) were confirmed on the September 8, third match day of "Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008."

Except for steady performances from the host Chinese Taipei team during the karate and taekwondo events, European athletes battled East Asian (Japan and South Korea) athletes. During the third match day, Korea's Sukchan Yun ever defeated Turkey's Kayaci Ibrahim within only 6 seconds in men's 90.1 kg to 100 kg class. It was the shortest match in the judo event.

The bronze medal match of soccer event - Iran vs Australia.
Image: Rico Shen.

On the final day, Sept. 10, the top four teams from the soccer event competed for medals, despite bad weather in Taipei.

The gold medal match took place between Japan and Thailand. In the 20th minute, Japan's Hisashi Hosomi scored first. But during the added time of the first half, Thailand's Somsak Thongdee tied the game 1-1. After the start of the second half, Thailand straightened their offense, and in the 60th minute, Thailand captain Anothai Sathiyamat scored a goal, which proved to be the game winner.

Chih-he Chen (right) presents an honor medal to Mayor of Taipei Lung-pin Hau during the Closing Ceremony.
Image: Rico Shen.

In the bronze medal match between Iran and Australia, Iran defeated Australia with a 8-0 shutout. Mostafa Heydaribondarabadi, Hosseinali Mohammadi Firouzjaei, Mazaher Shirzad Sibani, Hamid Reza Khazaei, all scored in for Iran.

I'm very satisfied with our preparations and administrations in the invitational games in Taipei, I hope participants can do the best during the 2009 Summer Deaflympics in the future.

Lung-pin Hau, Mayor of Taipei.

After the "Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008", Chih-he Chen, President of Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Confederation, presented an honor medal for the soccer tournament during the closing ceremony and hoped the Taipei City Government will show the best service for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics.

Final medal statistics

Only nations who won at least one medal are listed.
Order Team Gold Silver Bronze
1 Chinese Taipei 8 4 5
2 Japan 7 5 6
3 Korea 3 8 5
4 Russia 3 3 2
5 Argentina 3 1 4
6 Turkey 2 4 4
7 Thailand 1 0 0
8 Hong Kong 0 1 1
9 United States 0 0 3
10 Iran 0 0 1


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