The battle of Chao-Tsun Cheng 91.36m and Andreas Emil Hofmann 91.06m in the Universiade!


What a battle between Taipei Cheng and Germany’s top thrower Andreas Hoffmann!!  After the 5th throw Hofmann was leading the championship.  Then,  Cheng bursted to a new Asian record with 91.36m!!  And, what a response and new personal best for Hofmann who responded with a life personal best of 912.06m!

1 CHENG Chao-Tsun TPE 17 OCT 1993 83.91 82.45 X 84.37 X 91.36 91.36 UR
2 HOFMANN Andreas Emil GER 16 DEC 1991 83.00 X 85.59 85.97 88.33 91.07 91.07 PB
3 HUANG Shih-Feng TPE 2 MAR 1992 81.34 X 81.96 86.64 – X 86.64 PB
4 MARDARE Andrian MDA 20 JUN 1995 77.20 X 76.91 80.63 X 79.59 80.63
5 KRUKOWSKI Marcin POL 14 JUN 1992 78.37 79.38 78.59 78.75 X 79.37 79.38
6 RIVASZ-TOTH Norbert HUN 6 MAY 1996 77.23 73.64 72.41 78.42 75.79 74.84 78.42
7 WHITE William David B AUS 6 JUN 1994 77.74 76.52 X 73.74 X X 77.74 PB
8 LANGTON BURNELL B NZL 7 OCT 1992 75.93 71.88 X 67.26 73.93 70.98 75.93
9 OGURA Kenji JPN 8 JUN 1995 72.03 X 74.82 74.82
10 SIMOLIUNAS Skirmantas LTU 13 MAR 1994 62.84 74.27 70.47 74.27
11 O’BRIEN Liam James AUS 13 APR 1996 65.19 68.83 69.80 69.80
12 RANASINGHE R SRI 10 FEB 1991 69.65 X X 69.65


Chao-Tsun Cheng shattered the Asian record in the javelin throw at the World University Games in Taipei City on Saturday (26).

Competing before an energised home crowd at Taipei Stadium, the 23-year-old from Chinese Taipei threw 91.36m in the final round to break the previous Asian record of 89.15m set by Zhao Qinggang of China at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

In a competition of remarkable quality, Cheng defeated Germany’s Andreas Hofmann who reached 91.07m with the competition’s final dramatic effort.

“Before the competition, I was discussing it with Coach Anders [Borgstrom] and saying I wanted to get past 90 metres and to become Asia’s first to do it,” Cheng said. “I wanted to be a javelin legend and to leave an incredible score on home soil.”

With their performances, Cheng and Hoffman rose to positions 12 and 14 respectively on the all-time performer list and became the 17th and 18th members of the event’s still exclusive 90-metre club.

Cheng, who entered the competition with an 86.92m lifetime best set last April, took the early lead with an opening round effort of 83.91m. But Hofmann, who opened with an 83.00m throw, took full command in round three when he reached 85.59m, improving in every subsequent round. He threw 85.97m in the fourth, and a near-PB 88.33m in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Cheng improved marginally in the fourth round with an 84.37m effort before fouling on his fifth throw. His winning 91.36m blast followed.

That effort inspired Hoffman, a finalist at the last two World Championships, who responded with a lifetime best of his own, but coming up just a little short with his 91.07m bomb. It was only the second time in history that a throw landing beyond 91 metres would fall short of victory. The first was Finn Aki Parviainen’s 91.31m throw at the 2001 World Championships when he claimed silver behind Jan Zelezny.

Cheng’s teammate Shih-Feng Huang, the world youth champion in 2009 and 2015 Asian champion, broke his previous best by nearly three metres to 86.64m to finish third.


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One Response to The battle of Chao-Tsun Cheng 91.36m and Andreas Emil Hofmann 91.06m in the Universiade!

  1. Peter St. Pierre says:

    Guess you don’t have to be big to throw javelin

    Sent from my Bell Samsung device over Canada’s largest network.

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