Taipei-Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai delivered when it mattered most, nailing his routine in the finals of the men's pommel horse at the 2017 Taipei Universiade on Wednesday to win only Taiwan's second men's gymnastics gold ever at a Summer Universiade.
Lee finished with a score of 15.300, topping Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine (15.033), who was crowned men's all-around champion at the games on Tuesday, and Tomomasa Hasegawa of Japan (14.591).
Taiwan's Hsu Ping-chien finished seventh with a disappointing score of 13.000.
In the qualifying round for the individual events and all-around competition on Aug. 19, Lee finished third in the pommel horse behind Verniaiev and Hasegawa with a score of 14.750. Hsu was fifth with a score of 14.375.
Lee then tied for the top score on the apparatus with Verniaiev during the all-around finals Tuesday and pronounced himself confident of taking gold on Wednesday, a promise he fulfilled with a near-perfect display.
Lee's gold was Taiwan's eighth at this year's Universiade. Taiwan's only other men's gymnastics gold at the Universiade was won by Huang Yi-hsueh on the vault in 2005.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council