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Cuba, Mexico claim silvers

ATHENS, Greece -- Taiwan won its first gold medal Thursday
in taekwondo, then had to wait only a few minutes more for another.

Shih Hsin Chen won her 49-kilogram match for the breakthrough,
aware as the seconds counted down that a lot was at stake.

"I know that this is our first gold medal and I'm very proud of
it," said Chen, who beat Yanelis Yuliet Labrada of Cuba. "It
means a lot to me and my family."

About 15 minutes later, Mu Yen Chu won another gold medal in the
men's 58-kilogram division.

After Chu beat Oscar Francisco Salazar of Mexico, he walked
around the mat displaying the special white flag that Taiwan has
used at the Olympics since 1980 under an IOC resolution.

As a concession to China, Taiwan participates at the Olympics
under the name "Chinese Taipei." China claims the self-ruled
island is part of its territory and has sought to bar its
international exposure. The sides split amid civil war in 1949.