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This Olympic week ends with another bronze medal for South Korea. In gymnastics, Yeo Seo-jeong took the third step on the podium in the women’s vault final, which took place tonight at the Ariake Gymnastics Center. With 14,733 points on average, she finished behind Brazilian Rebecca Andrade (15,083 points) and American Mykayla Skinner (14,916 points). Note that his father, Yeo Hong-cheol, was also a medalist in vaulting at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He then won silver. Together, they will mark the history of sports in South Korea, as it is the first time that a father and daughter have been Olympic medal winners.
A few hours later in baseball, the team in the country won Morning Clear 4 to 3 against the Dominican Republic in the first round match played at Yokohama Stadium. Led 3 to 1 to the 4th round, she scored 3 extra points just before the end of the match. Tomorrow, the South Koreans play the second round against Israel.
As for the athletics events, which began on Friday in Tokyo, one performance will remain engraved in people’s minds: Woo Sang-hyeok, which finished in fourth place in the men’s high jump that crossed 2.35 meters. Even if he finishes at the foot of the podium, it is still an achievement, because it is the first time in 25 years that a South Korean has reached an Olympic final in this category in athletics. In addition, he did much better than his oldest Lee Jin-taek, who finished in 8th place in Atlanta, and also broke the national record.
A disappointment, finally. In the weightlifting final in the -76 kg category for women, which just ended at the Tokyo International Forum, Kim Soo -hyeon failed to win a medal. The 26-year-old woman’s 140 kg test was not validated by two of three judges. In that case, she could have completed the podium with a total of 246 kg.
With a total of 5 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals on the watch, South Korea lost a place and found eighth in the general classification.