Yang wins vault title with hardest vault ever

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Yang wins vault title with hardest vault ever

TOKYO - Yang Hak-seon of Korea won the men’s vault title at the world gymnastics championships in impressive fashion yesterday, doing the hardest vault ever attempted.

Yang’s handspring front triple twist - twisting three times while doing a somersault in a stretched-out position - has a start value of 7.4, two-tenths of a point higher than any other vault done, and four-tenths higher than the vault most of the top men do. And Yang did it nearly perfectly and needing only a small step on the landing to steady himself.

He scored a 16.566, finishing two-tenths ahead of Russia’s Anton Golotsutskov, the Olympic bronze medalist. Makoto Okiguchi of Japan was third.

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