21-year old Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae took the lead at the individual all-around event in the eight Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships, which took place in Uzbekistan this weekend. By claiming the individual all-around title at the recently held Asian Championships, she became the first-ever rhythmic gymnast to win three-consecutive titles at the said event.

In Tashkent on Monday, the young Korean gymnast gained a total of 73.750 points from the hoop, ball, ribbon and clubs after two days in the said competition.


She was 2.3 points ahead of the Uzbekistan gymnast Elizaveta Nazarenkova, which made her successfully defend her Asian individual all-around title that she had previously won at the 2013 and 2015 edition of the competition.

 The competition, which usually takes place every other year, was decided by the Asian Gymnastics Union to be held this year instead of 2017. Kazakhstan gymnast Sabina Ashirbayeva achieved the third place with 70.500 points.

Son Yeon Jae outranked all the other competitors after the hoop and ball competitions on Sunday, where she scored 18.450 and 18.500, respectively. She also acquired a score of 18.200 in ribbon and 18.600 in clubs on Monday, confirming her of the all-around title. The young Korean rhythmic star reached the first place in all of the apparatus events.

Despite a strong finish at the 8th Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, the score she acquired in the individual all-around fell short of her personal record of 73.900, which she acquired at the FIG World Cup in Italy in April.

The Korean rhythmic gymnast intends to grab all the available gold medals in the Asian RG Championships as she managed to qualify in all the four apparatus finals, which is open to the top eight gymnasts in each category from the individual all-around. She will compete on Tuesday (today).

For the time being, there is no qualification round for the individual all-around at this year’s edition of the competition, as the Asian Gymnastics Union is aiming to reduce the competition schedule.

FIG Reveal Draws for the 2016 Olympic Gymnastics Competition

The governing body of all the gymnastics disciplines (FIG) has disclosed the competition draw for the Rio Olympic Games’ qualification rounds, which will influence the order in which the gymnasts and the countries will compete in.

China, who will start as the defending champions in the men’s team all-around event, has been positioned into subdivision three, with their athletes scheduled to compete in the vault in their opening discipline in qualification.

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FIG Council Meeting in Bangkok

Ukraine will start on the floor event while Switzerland will begin on the rings apparatus. Meanwhile, the Russian gymnasts are opening on the high bar.

Subdivision two consists of Britain, France, Germany and the United states, while the first subdivision was comprised of the host country Brazil, Japan, South Korea, and The Netherlands, who were one of the four countries to win a qualification through the Olympic test event.

In the women’s qualification, the 2012 London Olympic team Champion United States have been paired alongside with The Netherlands, with their team scheduled to compete in the floor apparatus.

Belgium and China were drawn in the 1st subdivision, with Belgium due to compete with the uneven bars, while China will compete in the beam apparatus. Italy and Russia are included in the second subdivision.

Each team will be comprised of five gymnasts, while a total of 38 individual gymnasts will also be competing in the qualification rounds of both the men’s and women’s events.

A total of 26 individual athletes will compete in the rhythmic gymnastics discipline, while 14 different countries were entitled for the team competition.

In the trampoline gymnastics discipline, a total of 16 men and women will take part in their respective qualification rounds at the Rio Olympic Arena.

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