Yeo Search engine optimization-jeong wins historic bronze within the ladies’s secure

Korean Yeo Seo-jeong performs on the vault during the women’s artistic gymnastics apparatus finals at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. [AP/YONHAP]

The Korean Yeo Seo-jeong won bronze in the women’s jump on Sunday, making her the first Korean woman to ever win a gymnastics medal at the Olympic Games.

Yeo finished third with a total of 14,733 points, slightly behind Mykayla Skinner from the USA in second place and Rebeca Andrade from Brazil in first place.

Yeo actually made the most technically difficult move of the day with the highest score, scoring 6,200 for difficulty and a 9,133 for execution on her first jump, which adds up to a huge total of 15,333. With this move alone, Yeo would have taken gold. Her landing on her second jump was a little off, which lowered her execution score slightly to bring her down to a total jump score of 14,133.

The Korean Yeo Seo-jeong will appear in the women's jumping tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday. [YONHAP]

The Korean Yeo Seo-jeong will appear in the women’s jumping tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday. [YONHAP]

The average of the two gave her the final grade of 14,733, enough for bronze, but doesn’t reflect the complexity of her first jump.

Not only was Yeo’s first vault the highest scoring game, it was officially her own. Yeo performed the “Yeo Seo-jeong” which is a mixture of the skills of her father Yeo Hong-chul “Yeo1” and “Yeo2”. At 6.2, the new jump includes a forward hand jump and a forward somersault with a 720 degree turn at the end.

Yeo first performed it during the Korea Cup in Jeju in June 2019. It has since been recognized by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and was listed in the FIG point code.

A rising star, Yeo is also a household name in Korean gymnastics because she is the daughter of Yeo Hong-chul, who won silver in men’s jumping at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Her mother Kim Yoon-ji is also a gymnast and won the team bronze medal in artistic gymnastics at the Asian Games in 1994.

Korea has never been a big competitor in artistic gymnastics, but has consistently won a medal or two in most games. Korea failed to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but won gold in men’s vaults at the London 2012 Olympics, silver in men’s bars at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and multiple medals at the 2004 and 2000 Games.

Yeo isn’t the only Korean gymnast looking strong in Tokyo. Just a few minutes before she took part, the Korean Ryu Sung-hyun narrowly missed a medal in the men’s floor exercise and finished fourth.

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