Son Yeon-Jae Grabs Two Medals at The FIG World Cup in Kazan

South Korean gymnastics sensation Son Yeon Jae has successfully clinched two medals at the recently held International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup in Kazan, her final tune up for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Son Yeon Jae

At the competition held last weekend, the Korean gymnast acquired two medals in the hoop and ribbon apparatus. She won the silver medal in the hoop with a total score of 18.600, 0.100 points ahead of the two-time World all-around silver medalist Margarita Mamun. In the ribbon competition, the 22-year-old gymnast acquired the bronze medal.

Russian rhythmic gymnastics star Yana Kudryavtseva achieved the top spot on the hoop with 19.200 points, while her teammate Margarita Mamun acquired the gold in the ribbon apparatus with 19.200 points. The silver medal in the ribbon was won by Melitina Staniouta after posting a total of 18.550 points.

Son Yeon Jae has claimed at least one medal in each of the six World Cup competitions she has participated in this season. At the World Cup in Espoo in February, she earned one gold, two silvers and one bronze medals for a total of four World Cup medals. In March, she claimed another two silvers and one bronze medal at the Lisbon World Cup in Portugal.

Her collection of World Cup medals has further expanded with two more silvers from the World Cup in Pesaro in April, and an additional five medals at Sofia, Bulgaria in May, which includes one gold, two silvers and two bronzes. The South Korean gymnast also clinched a bronze medal in Guadalajara, Spain last month.

Aside from the two silver medals she acquired at the competition last Sunday, Son also achieved personal-high score of 74.900.

RG World Cup Kazan 2016

Despite achieving a career-high score, she only managed to place fourth in the individual all-around competition, barely missing out the podium.

Even though she failed to win any medal in the individual all-around event, Son has continuously topped against her greatest enemy – her own self. In every World Cup she has participated in this season, the South Korean gymnast has consistently topped her personal best scores. At the Kazan World Cup last weekend (74.900), the 22-year-old gymnast once again broke her latest personal record, of which she had acquired at the Guadalajara World Cup last month (74.650).

After accomplishing historic feats, Son wishes to be the first Korean rhythmic gymnast to take home an Olympic medal in Rio this summer. The 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro is expected to be the last Olympic Games of her gymnastics career.

Son was initially expected to compete in the final World Cup of the season in Baku, Azerbaijan as her final tune up for the 2016 Olympics. However, Galaxia SM, Son’s Seoul-based agency, said that the Korean gymnast won’t attend the competition as she has decided to rest for her body to fully recover before the Olympic Games in August.

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