Son Yeon-jae to Compete in World Cup Ahead of Asian Games

Son Yeon-jae Son Yeon-jae

Son Yeon-jae will compete in the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup series in Kazan, Russia from Friday to Sunday. It is the last World Cup event of this season.

There will be the hoop and ball preliminaries on Friday and the clubs and ribbon preliminaries on Saturday. The top eight in each event will compete in the finals on Sunday. Son is aiming to win her 11th straight World Cup medal.

Son is also set to appear in the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Izmir, Turkey from Sept. 22 to 26. As soon as that competition is over, she will head to Incheon to compete in the Asian Games on Oct. 1 and 2.

Son finished fifth in the individual all-round at last year's World Championships, the best result that a Korean rhythmic gymnast has achieved, but she failed to win a medal in any individual events.

Son is aiming to win the first Asian Games rhythmic gymnastics gold medal for Korea.

The World Cup is her last chance to face rivals ahead of big events.

"I'm focusing on strength training to reduce mistakes and I'm trying not to be nervous," Son said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 04, 2014 11:12 KST