April 08, 2014 10:40
Son Yeon-jae got to hear the Korean national anthem played four times in Lisbon after she won as many gold medals at the 2014 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Lisbon on Sunday.
A day earlier, she won the individual all-around event.
She added three gold medals in the final competitions of respective disciplines -- in ball, clubs and ribbon with respective scores of 17.500, 17.450, and 17.150 points. She also finished third in hoop with a score of 17.500 for bronze.
In her eight performances, including the individual all-around preliminaries and finals, and the finals of each separate event, Son earned above 17 points every time.
The fact that a number of the world's top gymnasts, including Russia's Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva, and Ganna Rizatdinova of Ukraine, did not participate, certainly helped Son's cause. But she still showed consistency and focus when other rivals, such as Melitina Staniouta of Belarus and Russia’s Maria Titova, faltered.
Son's strategy of showcasing her newfound maturity in the face of young teenage athletes also proved a success.
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