Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae making waves with impressive performancesUpdated: 2013-05-09 PM 2:04:09 (KST)
Son Yeon-jae earned her first-ever silver medal in the ribbon at the Pesaro World Cup in Italy last month.
And just this past weekend, she finished fourth overall at the Sofia World Cup in Bulgaria.
It's Son's best result ever in the individual all-around, bettering her fifth place finish at the London Olympic Games last summer.
In just two months, her individual all-around total has jumped to 70 points, nearly 10 points higher than her first event in March.
Son now finds herself fifth in the world rankings backed by her strong performance in the hoop and ribbon.
She's also improving in clubs -- that used to be her weakness.
She started the season with a bronze in clubs at her first event and added another bronze at the Lisbon World Cup in her ball routine plus a silver in her ribbon and a bronze in hoop -- in just two weeks.
Her strong start to the season can be attributed to her refined techniques and the re-programmed routines customized to the new judging system.
Her challenge now is warding off fatigue.
"As I took part in two competitions in a row, I felt physically exhausted by the second day of the event. I will work on improving my strength for the upcoming events."
On Friday, she will try out for the national team -- and in just a week, she will depart for another World Cup series.
Following the Summer Universiade in Russia comes the season finale at the World Championships.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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