The Chinese Taipei men's archery team won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. One member of the trio, Deng Yu-cheng, competed in the individual event on July 29. The match came down to the final arrow, but Deng was eliminated in the Round of 64 after hitting just seven points.
Chinese Taipei archer Deng Yu-cheng faced off in the archery men's individual event on July 29 against India's Atanu Das. Das won the first round by one point, 27-26. Deng came back strong in the second round, hitting two consecutive 10-pointers. The second round ended with the score tied at 2-2. In the third round, Deng made a costly mistake. With Das just one round away from winning the match, Deng fought back and won the fourth round by one point. In the fifth round, the score was tied after the first two arrows. Unfortunately, Deng only scored seven points on his final shot. Deng ultimately lost the match 4-6 and was eliminated in the Round of 64. Nevertheless, his friends and family back in Taiwan sent their support and encouragement.
Mother of Deng Yu-cheng："It came down to the final arrow. He tried his best and that's what counts. Not many people make it to the Olympics."
Deng's mother says he only became interested in archery after enrolling in an athletics program. Although he once thought about giving up on archery, he instead discovered a second passion in anime.
Mother of Deng Yu-cheng："He did think about giving up on archery, but instead developed an interest in anime. It's good to have a hobby because he doesn't have time for much else."
The 22-year-old is a self-described "amateur otaku" and frequently posts about anime and video games on his social media and brings his favorite games to the National Sports Training Center. His career as an archer will continue to thrive.