World and Olympic vault gold medalist Yang Hak-Seon won his best event with 15.700 at the South Korean National Trials, held Saturday at the Taeneung National Training Center in Seoul.
The competition serves as the first qualifier for this fall’s world championships in Antwerp, Belgium, and determines the team to July’s University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Yang landed his namesake vault (triple-twisting handspring front layout, 6.4 Difficulty) with just one step, but fell on an extremely difficult second vault of Tsukahara with 3.5 twists. The vault is not yet in the Code of Points, but a Tsukahara with a triple twist (Lopez) without the extra half twist is worth 6.0 points in the current Code.
The 21-year-old Yang is hoping to have this new vault named after him as “Yang 2” during the en route to another vault gold this fall. He told the media that his biggest competition comes from Ri Se Gwang, the 28-year-old North Korean who vaults a piked Dragulescu (front double pike with a half twist) and a Tsukahara full-in, both at 6.4 values.
Kim Hee Hoon (82.270) and Park Minsoo (81.634) took first and second in all-around, respectively, while Yang (81.334) placed third. Names of other Universiade qualifiers were not yet available.
Women’s Universiade qualifiers are Eum Eunhui (49.625), Heo Seon Mi (49.225), Park Ji Yeon (45.025), Moon Eun Mee (44.325) and Park Do Eun (43.975).