Son Yeon-jae ranks 5th in global rhythmic gymnasts
Gymnast Son Yeon-jae ranked fifth in the rhythmic discipline in the latest global tally announced by the International Gymnastics Federation on Saturday.
The 2012 ranking by the international governing body of competitive gymnastics, whose headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland, had the 18-year-old Son behind Russia's Daria Kondakova, Daria Dmitrieva and Evgeniya Kanaeva, and Israel's Neta Rivkin.
Son's ranking in rhythmic gymnastics represents a sharp rise from 2011 when she came in 19th place.
The federation sets its annual rankings based on how often an athlete participates in world cup competitions and their results.
Son received 57 points after having taken part in four world cup events, placing her just below Rivkin who earned 58 points.
The rhythmic gymnast is expected to take part in the Minsk world cup in mid-July before taking part in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. (Yonhap)