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<2008 Sports Day>Amateur Athletes Try to Leave a Mark in History while Career Athletes Try to Make Sure That Their Daily Training Works

<p>By Vita Lin<br /> Campus Reporter</p> <p>National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) athletes, including career and amateur competitors, did their best to draw as much attention as possible on the tracks during the first day of the Sports Day events today.</p> <p>As usual, all sports-related events at NTNU are always divided into two categories for career and amateur athletes so those who belong to the same category will be able to challenge somebody in their own sizes.</p> <p>Department of Health Promotion and Health Education senior Chao Yu-shiang (趙昱翔) participated in the men&rsquo;s 1,500m race and won the gold.&nbsp; Chao, who is also a member of the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, said that he has been training and practicing since September for this race.</p> <p>&quot;I think it is time for me to do something to honor my department before I graduate, although it is actually my first time to participate in the men&rsquo;s 1,500m race,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>In the meantime, the Department Mathematics won the title of men&rsquo;s 400m relay and the Department of Geography won the gold medal for women&rsquo;s 400m relay.</p> <p>The career athlete category became a competition between Department of Athletic Performance students, as sophomore Lien Du (杜珈霖) won the gold of men&rsquo;s 100m race and Liang Jun-jia (粱峻嘉) won the title of men&rsquo;s 5,000m race.&nbsp; Liang said that winning the gold medal is not a big deal for him now that he has been going through strict and tough training on a daily basis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>