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Olympic Games: Pattern suggests later stages for Chuang Chih-Yuan

Wednesday 14 July

A fifth consecutive appearance in the Olympic Games, once again the good and faithful servant is on duty for Chinese Taipei.

In Tokyo, Chuang Chih-Yuan appears in the men’s singles and alongside Chen Chien-An and Lin Yun-Ju in the men’s team; play in the former starting on Saturday 24th July, in the latter on Sunday 1st August.

Chuang Chih-Yuan is one of only four players on duty in the men’s singles event in the Japanese capital city who competed in 2004 in Athens, the others being India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, Germany’s Timo Boll and Panagiotis Gionis of Greece.

Evidence suggests, that despite now having passed the 40 years of age marker, we should expect Chuang Chih-Yuan to reach the latter stages in the Metropolitan Gymnasium and be a realistic medal contender.

On debut in Athens, he reached the quarter-finals, on his next visit in Beijing in 2008, he was beaten in his opening contest. Four years later in London, he concluded matters in fourth place, before in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, as in Beijing, departing in his opening encounter.

On all occasions he has commenced his quest in round three.

Athens 2004 (no.5 seed)

  • Round Three: v Peter Karlsson (SWE) 16-18, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8
  • Round Four: v Oh Sangeun (KOR) 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5
  • Quarter-Final: v Wang Hao (CHN) 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 7-11

 

Beijing 2008 (no.7 seed)

  • Round Three: v Yang Zi (SGP) 12-14, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 10-12

 

London 2012 (no.5 seed)

  • Round Three: v Daniel Zwickl (HUN) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
  • Round Four: v Andrej Gacina (CRO) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-5
  • Quarter-Final: v Adrian Crisan (ROU) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
  • Semi-Final: v Wang Hao (CHN) 13-11, 2-11, 10-12, 6-11, 9-11
  • Bronze Medal: v Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER)10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 5-11, 12-14

 

Rio de Janeiro (no.7 seed)

  • Round Three: v Quadri Aruna (NGR) 11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7

 

The pattern suggests in Tokyo that Chuang Chih-Yuan is due to reach the later rounds of the men’s singles, but times have changed. He will need to upset the order of merit.

On the July 2021 Olympic men’s ranking he is named at no.28, delete the players who are not competing in the men’s singles in Tokyo, and he occupies the no.19 spot.

Thus, for the first time in his career he will start his quest in round two; players seed no.1 to no.16 commence in round three, no.17 to no.32 in round two, all other in round one or the preliminary round.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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