Son Yeon-jae Catches Cold, Misses Out on Medal at Worlds

Son Yeon-jae Son Yeon-jae

Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae, who finished fifth in the individual all-around competition on Friday at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, arrived back in Korea on Sunday.

Son received a score of 17.783 points in hoop, 17.683 in ball, 17.350 in club and 17.516 in ribbon to finish with a total of 70.332. Although it was the highest score ever recorded by a Korean, it was still considered something of a disappointment for Son, who ranks as the reigning Asian champion. China’s Deng Senyue came fourth in the same event with 70.374.

Hopes were high that Son would leave Kiev with at least one trophy as she pocketed seven medals in five World Cup events leading up to this year’s worlds, but in the end fortune wasn’t on her side.

"I practiced a lot and did my best, but it is disappointing that I wasn't in my best condition. I was feeling very unwell on the last day of the competition, so I wasn't able to do as well as I was during practice," she said. Son caught a cold several days earlier and had to rely on vitamin shots to see her through the competition.

She will stay in Korea to get back in shape for the National Sports Festival in October.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 02, 2013 10:17 KST