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Hwang’s return delayed
to resolve wrist pain


Lotte Giants infielder Hwang Jae-gyun’s return has been put off because of wrist pain.

Hwang fractured his left toe during the game against NC Dinos on April 29, putting end to his run to break the record for consecutive games played after 618 games. “I decided to not to care about the record,” said Hwang after the injury. “I’ve decided even before the season started that I will make the best choice possible in case of a physical problem.”

He recovered from the toe injury quicker than anticipated and was expected to return from the disabled list to add weight on team’s batting lineup.

But this time, it is Hwang’s wrist that is causing him problems. The pain on his wrist has been aggravating Hwang for a while. On the day that he injured his toe, he had to tape his wrist. “I think it would be better to have Hwang come back in full condition,” said Cho Won-woo, the Giants manager, on May 10. “I think it would be difficult to see him back this week.”

Although the Giants suffered from six-game skid with Hwang out of the picture, the team seemed to have quickly regained its momentum as it claimed three wins over the weekend against the Doosan Bears.



RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS

Son wins four golds at
Asian Championships


Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae swept four gold medal events at the eighth Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships on Tuesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Son scored 18.700 points in ribbon, her personal best, 18.600 in hoop and ball and 18.550 in clubs to finish first in the four apparatus events during the Asian Championships. Her sweeping victory comes after her win in the individual all-around event the previous day, in which she scored 73.750 total.

Nabbing golds in every event from the regional competition adds more hope to her chance of bringing home a medal from the Rio Olympics this summer. If she earns a medal from Brazil in August, she will be the first Korean to clinch a medal in rhythmic gymnastics.

She narrowly missed her chance during the last Olympics in London when she finished fifth in the individual all-around. During the London Olympics, she was ranked third until the second rotation when she dropped her clubs to have points deducted which eventually cost her a medal.

“I am glad to have wrapped up the Asian Championships with five golds,” said Son. “I will push myself harder in my preparation for the Olympics, working on my stamina and the technical side of my performance.”

By Choi Hyung-jo

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