Yang Chuan-Kwang, Silver Medallist in the Decathlon at the Rome Olympic Games, was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Taipei, September 15.
Yang Chuan-Kwang, Silver Medallist in the Decathlon at the Rome Olympic Games, was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Taipei, September 15. More than 80 Government and civic organisations took part in a mammoth welcome given to Yang, who lost a close battle with American Gold Medallist, Rafer Johnson.
He was greeted at the airport by his proud father, mother and sisters and after the welcoming ceremonies, was taken in a triumphant motor parade through the city.
Yang's 26.1/2-hour battle with Johnson was one of the most thrilling decathlon contests in Olympic history. At the end, Johnson 8,392 points breaking the Olympic record. Yang, with 8,334 points, also broke the Olympic record.
The Silver Medal taken home by Yang Chuan-Kwang was the first Olympic medal for Taipei and was a consolation to the country which protested against the Olympic Council's decision to recognise the team as that of "Formosa" and not of "China".