Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taiwanese powerlifter Lin Tzu-hui won the country's first medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Monday, a bronze in the women's under-79 kilogram group.
Lin, who was in fourth place after her second attempt of 125 kg, lifted 131 kg in her final try to win the bronze medal after the third-place holder, Perla Barcenas of Mexico, failed her third attempt.
"I'm very excited. I feel that winning the first medal for the national team is a really good start," Lin said.
It is the fourth medal for the 34-year-old powerlifter, who is in Rio for her fifth Paralympic Games. She won gold medals in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, and a bronze in London in 2012.
Nigerian Bose Omolayo won the gold medal in the group by lifting a world record of 138 kg, while the silver medal went to Xu Lili of China with 135 kg, both achieved in their second attempts.
Lin said she felt slightly panicked after her first attempt of 121 kg was disqualified, but she managed to calm herself before her successful second attempt.
"I was overjoyed. Yay, I finally had a successful attempt. Then I thought that I must succeed in the third attempt like I did in the second," Lin said after winning the medal.
To secure the bronze medal, her coach Chen Ying-te decided to increase the weight for Lin's third attempt from 130 kg to 131 kg, and this forced Barcenas to push her third attempt from 131 kg to 132 kg.
Chen said the Mexican had to increase the weight because if she and Lin both lifted 131 kg, Lin would come out as the winner because Lin was the lighter of the two.
Lin said she had not lifted 131 kg because her old injuries had worsened since 2014, and she could not even manage 110 kg at the beginning of this year.
Going into the Rio Paralympics is really a process of challenging herself, she said, and it showed her that there is always hope for victory as long as she does not give up.
"I'm a lucky girl," Lin said, noting she will seek to compete again in Tokyo in 2020.
Taiwan sent 13 athletes to compete in six sports -- archery, athletics, judo, powerlifting, table tennis and wheelchair tennis -- in this year's Paralympic Games in Rio. (Courtesy of CNA)