March 24, 2016 11:06
Gymnast Yang Hak-seon may not be able to defend his Olympic title in men's vault at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, due to an injury to his Achilles tendon.
Yang injured his right ankle while training on Tuesday afternoon and was transferred to Ajou University Hospital in Suwon where he underwent an operation on Wednesday.
Although the operation was successful, it will take six to 10 months for a full recovery. "We will have to wait and see for now, but it would be difficult to expect him to compete in Rio," said his coach Kim Chang-seok.
Yang has been undisputedly the leading face of Korean gymnastics.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Yang showcased a very difficult handspring triple twist named after him -- Yang 1 -- and gave Korea its first ever Olympic gold in gymnastics.
However, Yang has been plagued with injuries since then. He had to pull out of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games due to a hamstring injury, and had to withdraw from the 2015 Gwangju Universiade in July due to an injury.
Just recently he regained his form, consistently nailing Yang 1 in preparation for the national tryouts which will take place on April 2. But once again, an unfortunate injury is holding him back.
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