Chi Cheng

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Chi Cheng (traditional Chinese: 紀政; simplified Chinese: 纪政; pinyin: Jì Zhèng; born March 15, 1944 in Hsinchu, Taiwan), is considered[by whom?] Asia's top female track and field athlete of the 20th century.

Chi studied on the college level at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)[1] in Pomona, California, where she received most of her athletic training. As a student there, she won four U.S. national championships and over a two year period was the winner of 153 of the 154 events she entered. Representing the Republic of China (as Taiwan), she won the bronze medal in the women's 80-meter hurdles in the 1968 Summer Olympics. In 1970, she broke or tied three world records, accomplishing this feat in the space of just one week. For her achievement, Chi Cheng was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year. Also, she became the Director of Women's Athletics at the University of Redlands, California, from 1974 to 1976.

Chi Cheng then returned to her native Taiwan, where she entered political life by being appointed the Secretary-General of the Republic of China Track and Field Association in 1977. Subsequently, she was Chairman until 1993 and Board Member from 1998 to 1999. Chi won three terms as a member of the Legislative Yuan, serving from 1980 to 1989. She was appointed a National Policy Advisor by President Ma Ying-jeou in 2009.


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