(Unversiade) S. Korea caps off impressive run with more gold rush
By Yoo Jee-ho and Park Sojung
GWANGJU, July 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea collected three more gold medals on Monday to cap off an impressive run to the top of the Summer Universiade standings.
Star rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae won two gold medals Monday, adding hoop and ball titles to the all-around gold she captured Sunday. Already one of South Korea's most popular athletes, Son has completely stolen the thunder from the rest of the competition with her outstanding two-day stretch.
Son also won silver medals in ribbon and clubs.
South Korea added one taekwondo gold medal in the men's team kyorugi (sparring) event, with a 9-8 victory over China. The women's team lost to Russia in the semifinals to settle for bronze.
South Korea ended taekwondo with eight gold medals, five coming from poomsae, the demonstrative form of the martial art.
The Universiade will conclude on Tuesday, with only the men's water polo medals left to be determined. South Korea didn't make it to the medal round and won't add to its 47 gold, 32 silver and 29 bronze medals.
Russia, which won 156 gold medals to lead the 2013 Summer Universiade held in its own city of Kazan, is in second place here with 34 gold medals. China also has 34 gold medals but trails Russia in total counts, 122 to 72.
On Monday, South Korea fell in the finals of men's football and women's handball.
South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae kisses her three gold and two silver medals from the Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 13, 2015. (Yonhap)
South Korea lost to Italy 3-0 to take silver in men's football. Defender Park Dong-jin was sent off after just six minutes, and Italy capitalized on the man advantage with two goals in the first half and another in the latter half.
South Korea dropped to Russia 38-36 in the gold medal match in women's handball. South Korea trailed 22-15 at half time, and its desperate second-half comeback ultimately came up short.
The host played most of the second half without Ryu Eun-hee, who was stretchered off the court after colliding with a Russian and didn't return. She was leading South Korea with five goals when she was forced to leave.