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Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae wins individual all-around at Asian Championships

2016/05/10 07:43

SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae won the individual all-around at the eighth Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships in Uzbekistan, becoming the three-time champion of the event.

In Tashkent on Monday (local time), Son earned 73.750 points in total from hoop, ball, ribbon and clubs after two days at the Asian Championships. She beat Elizaveta Nazarenkova of Uzbekistan by 2.3 points to defend her Asian individual all-around title, which she previously claimed in 2013 and 2015. Sabina Ashirbayeva of Kazakhstan was third at 70.500.

Son was taking the lead after hoop (18.450) and ball (18.500) programs Sunday. She scored 18.200 in ribbon and 18.600 in clubs Monday, respectively, to seal her title. The 21-year-old finished first in all four apparatuses.

Son's overall score in the individual all-around fell short of her personal best of 73.900, which she set at the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) World Cup in Italy in April.

Son will aim to sweep the gold medals in this competition as she reached all four apparatus finals, open to the top eight gymnasts in each category from the individual all-around. She will perform on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, there was no qualification round for the individual all-around at this year's Asian Championships as the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) decided to minimize the competition schedule.

In this file photo taken on April 9, 2016, South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae waves to fans at the National Training Center in Seoul. (Yonhap) In this file photo taken on April 9, 2016, South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae waves to fans at the National Training Center in Seoul. (Yonhap)

kdon@yna.co.kr

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