Ryu Hyun-jin Voted Top Athlete of the Year

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Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has been named the top sports star of the year in a poll by Gallup Korea.

The survey of 1,702 people nationwide from Nov. 1 to 18 asked them to pick their favorite sports stars for this year.

Ryu garnered the most votes with 51.4 percent, surpassing figure skater Kim Yu-na's 35.2 percent. Ryu made his Major League Baseball debut this season and had 14 wins, eight losses and an ERA of 3.00.

Son Yeon-jae, who won the honor last year, came third with 24.9 percent of the votes. Park Ji-sung, who is on loan from Queens Park Rangers to PSV Eindhoven this season, placed fourth. Choo Shin-soo, one of the top leadoff hitters in the MLB this year, was fifth.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 17, 2013 10:39 KST