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Yeo Seo-jeong wins gymnastics vaults bronze 25 years after father's silver Updated: 2021-08-02 09:25:18 KST


A special moment at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, as artistic gymnast Yeo Seo-jeong won the bronze medal in the women's vault, becoming the first South Korean female athlete to win an Olympic medal in the event.
The 19-year-old scored an average of 14.733 after two attempts, thanks to a variation of one of her father's skills, the Yeo-2.
Her father is Yeo Hong-chul, a legendary gymnast in his own right, who won silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the men's vault competition.
More than a quarter of a century later, Seo-jeong's bronze makes the Yeos the first father-daughter duo from South Korea to have won Olympic medals.
The elder Yeo performed his Yeo-2 with a 900-degree twist at the end, while the younger Yeo completed a 720-degree twist.
However,.. the daughter's vault is the most challenging move in the women's competition, with a difficulty score of 6.200 points.
After her podium finish, the teenage gymnast spoke about moving out of her father's shadow, admitting to the added pressure that comes with being the daughter of an Olympic medalist.
But with a bronze in her pocket, she has another goal in sight: "working hard and trying to beat him".
Of course, for that, she needs to win gold at the 2024 Paris Olympics, but fortunately for her, she has age on her side and plenty of time to perfect her moves in the meantime.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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