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Silver is golden for Feng Tianwei

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 19, 2008

The silver medal around Feng Tianwei’s neck last night was the fulfilment of a long-held dream of her late father, Feng Qingzhi.

Mr Feng died from multiple sclerosis in 2002, just weeks before his daughter was to try for China’s national B squad.

She topped the qualifying matches and earned a national team call-up in 2003. But she fell ill for a long spell and a source close to her said it was ‘because she missed her father too much’.

Friends described Mr Feng, a granary worker, as a doting father who never once scolded his only daughter.

‘All the neighbours who watched Friday’s semi-final said it was a pity he did not live long enough to see his girl play in the Olympics,’ said another person close to the family, who live in the north-eastern city of Harbin. (story)

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