Jonghyeok wins first gold for Korea in men’s rings

JAKARTA, Indonesia: South Korea picked up their first gold when Jonghyeok Son won the men’s rings title at the 15th Artistic Asian Junior Championships at Istora Senayan here on Friday.

Despite China and Japan’s domination in the competition, Korean gymnasts had a fair share of thrills and frills as they had proved to be quite competitive and threw a challenge to Asia’s best teams.

Jonghyeok, who came third in the qualifiers behind Japan’s Oka Shinnosuke and China’s Yin Dehang, pipped his rivals to top the podium with a score of 13.650 points – marginal 0.150 points increase from his qualifying score.

Yin maintained his second-place in the finals with 13.425, but there was a drop of 0.075 points.

Shinnosuke, who won a bronze in the men’s All-Around on Thursday, finished third (13.275).

In the men’s floor, Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto won the gold (13.775) followed by team-mate Oka Shinnosuke (13.700) and China’s Shi Cong (13.400).

Gymnasts from 20 countries are participating in the event, which ends tomorrow.