Son wins gold in women's hoop at Asian Gymnastics Championships

TASHKENT, June 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae on Saturday won a gold medal in women's hoop at the Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, claiming her second gold of the event.

Son finished first with 18.433 points in the women's hoop final, outperforming Deng Senyue of China who finished with 18.067 points, according to Asian Gymnastics Union.

Her second gold medal comes after the 19-year-old won the individual all-around final on Friday with 72.066 points in the multi-sport competition composed of hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

The rising gymnastics star is the first South Korean to win gold at any international event for rhythmic gymnastics.

Son won a bronze medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. Two other South Koreans garnered bronze at the Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in 2006 and 2009.

Son finished fourth at the all-around final at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup held in Sofia, Bulgaria in May. She tied for bronze in the hoop performance there.

She also won a silver medal at the ribbon event of the FIG World Cup in Pesaro, Italy in April.

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