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YANG Hakseon
Republic of Korea
KOR
Title
Mr
Lastname
YANG
Firstname
Hakseon
Gender
male
Country
Republic of Korea
Place of birth
Gwangju
Year of birth
1992 (29 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
The God of Vault, Beef Jerky [as a reference to the persistent injuries he has sustained to his right hamstring]. (news.kmib.co.kr, 13 Jul 2018; sportsseoul.com, 14 Dec 2015)
Occupation
Athlete
Education
Korea National Sport University, Seoul, KOR
Family
Wife Park Jong-Ye
Spoken languages
Korean
Club
Suwon City Hall [Korea]
Coach
Kim Sung-Man [club], KOR; Shin Hyeong-Ook [national], KOR
International senior debut
2010 for Korea (FIG, 11 Oct 2010)
Injuries
He competed at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, despite suffering an injury to his right hamstring. The same injury forced him to withdraw from the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and miss the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He also withdrew from the vault final at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, after aggravating a hamstring injury during the warm up. He was again troubled by his right hamstring in June 2021. (yna.co.kr, 13 Jun 2021; intlgymnast.com, 08 Oct 2017; sportsq.co.kr, 27 Oct 2015; yonhapnews.co.kr, 21 Jul 2015, 29 Jun 2015; Asiad Daily, 26 Sep 2014, 21 Sep 2014)

He fractured his right hand in 2018. (Instagram profile, 28 Nov 2019; news.joins.com, 24 Jul 2019)

In March 2016 he injured his right Achilles tendon during training. He required surgery and missed the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (imnews.imbc.com, 26 Apr 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 08 Jul 2016)

He suffered from injuries to his back and right ankle in 2013. (sbsespn.sbs.co.kr, 18 Apr 2014; english.chosun.com, 22 Oct 2013)
Start sporting career
He took up gymnastics at age nine. (sports.donga.com, 21 Apr 2014; english.hani.co.kr, 08 Aug 2012)
Reason for taking up the sport
He followed his brother into the sport. (navercast.naver.com, 20 Aug 2012; seoul.co.kr, 24 Sep 2010)
Milestones
He became the first athlete representing the Republic of Korea to win a gold medal in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games by claiming victory in vault at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (joongang.co.kr, 27 Sep 2021)
Philosophy / Motto
"My biggest rival is myself." (sporbiz.co.kr, 27 Jan 2020)
Awards
He and Korean baseball player Park Chan-Ho were chosen as the final torch bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (gwangju2015.kr, 03 Jul 2015)

He was named Athlete of the Year at the Korean Athletics Awards in 2012 and 2013. (people.search.naver.com, 12 Aug 2014)

He was named the 2011 Gymnast of the Year by the Korea Gymnastics Association. (people.search.naver.com, 12 Aug 2014)
Additional information
General
NAMED ELEMENT
He has a vault element called the 'Yang 1' named after him. He first performed the element at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. It incorporates a handspring forward and salto forward straight with triple twist. (yna.co.kr, 22 Dec 2019; Asiad Daily, 26 Sep 2014; english.chosun.com, 21 Apr 2014; semanticscholar.org, 01 Jan 2014)

MEMORIAL HALL
In 2020 the Gwangju Seo-gu regional government decided to open the 'Yang Hakseon Memorial Exhibition Hall' by renovating the abandoned house where he had been born and raised in Balsan Village, Republic of Korea. (ikbc.co.kr, 17 Jan 2020; honam.co.kr, 13 Jan 2020; kjdaily.com, 12 Jan 2020)

Last update : 2021-09-29

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.366
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
244.794

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
49
Score Qualif.
14.066
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
57
Score Qualif.
13.933
Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.533
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
16.333
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
70
Score Qualif.
11.966
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
68
Score Qualif.
11.233
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
255.327
World Championships

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.399
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.833

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
185
Score Qualif.
42.833 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
58
Score Qualif.
13.733
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
38
Score Qualif.
13.800
Vault
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.316
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.933
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
249.651

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
114
Score Qualif.
29.433 
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
38
Score Qualif.
13.833
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.283

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
253
Score Qualif.
44.782 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
15.116
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
72
Score Qualif.
14.300
Vault
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.416
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.449
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
343.594

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
205
Score Qualif.
15.166 
Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.533
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.299

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
188
Score Qualif.
59.573 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
41
Score Qualif.
14.566
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
49
Score Qualif.
14.366
Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.566
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
16.216
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
73
Score Qualif.
14.208
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
260.393
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
351.331

2010 - 42nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ROTTERDAM (NED)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
208
Score Qualif.
59.332 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
69
Score Qualif.
14.033
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
14.666
Vault
Rank Final
4
Score Final
16.266
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.266
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
84
Score Qualif.
14.200
Team
Rank Final
8
Score Final
259.952
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
352.042
World Cup qualifying for OG

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 DOHA (QAT)

Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.266
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.900

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 BAKU (AZE)

Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.970
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.533