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(2nd LD)(Asiad) S. Korea gets two bronze medals in gymnastics all-around

2014/09/23 21:05

By Park Sojung

INCHEON, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean gymnasts Lee Sang-wook and Yun Na-rae won bronze medals in the men's and women's individual all-around finals at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Lee scored a total of 87.200 points from the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, giving South Korea its first Asiad medal in the men's individual all-around in 12 years.

Yuya Kamoto and Masayoshi Yamamoto, both of Japan, took the gold and silver. Kamoto scored 87.950 points and Yamamoto earned 87.500 points.

South Korean gymnast Lee Sang-wook executes his vault move at the men's all-around final at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sept. 23, 2014. (Yonhap) South Korean gymnast Lee Sang-wook executes his vault move at the men's all-around final at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sept. 23, 2014. (Yonhap)

Lee, who was a qualifer underdog with an eight-place finish, stunned his Chinese and Japanese rivals and South Korea's Park Min-soo, who had largely been considered the gold medal favorite for the host nation. Lee admitted to the unexpected nature of his win.

"To be honest, I wasn't expecting a medal since there are so many great gymnasts (from all over the continent) and I'm on the older side, too," the 28-year-old told reporters. "I was just trying to do my job and got lucky."

   Lee, whose best performance had been a team silver at the Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships in 2008, brought the spectators to a nail-biting suspense after his solid performance on the horizontal bar and a trip-up by his Chinese contender, Huang Yuguo, on the same apparatus. It was a moment when gold was within reach depending on how the Japanese fared. But Japan's Kamoto and Yamamoto scored 14.400 points and 14.450 points on the high bar, respectively, reclaiming their top two spots.

Lee, however, said he was happy with the results.

"I've never felt this way before," he said. "I want to thank the spectators and my coaches for helping me feel this way."

   South Korea's Park, who ranked fourth in the preliminary, finished 10th while battling an injury to his right biceps. He only scored 82.300 points.

In the women's all-around final, South Korea's Yun Na-rae finished third with 55.000 points, winning the country's first medal in the discipline since it first entered the Asian Games in 1974.

South Korean gymnast Yun Na-rae jumps during her uneven bars performance at the Incheon Asian Games team final on Sept. 22, 2014. (Yonhap) South Korean gymnast Yun Na-rae jumps during her uneven bars performance at the Incheon Asian Games team final on Sept. 22, 2014. (Yonhap)

"I'm glad I was able to make up for my mistakes (at the team final) yesterday," she told reporters. "I knew I'd be able to medal if I just focused on my own performance."

   Yun will be competing in the women's individual uneven bars and floor exercise finals slated for Wednesday and Thursday.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr

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