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Ri Se Gwang: 'It's The Spirit That I Will Be The Champion'
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Perhaps signaling a new level of comfort and openness with international media, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ri Se Gwang spoke cheerfully through an equally friendly interpreter on the strategy that helped him win his third vault title at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“I had no special thing,” said the 33-year-old Ri with a wry smile. “I was only focusing on my execution, to complete both vaults successfully. Every element I execute is not an easy one. They are very difficult, but I had full confidence that I could execute these difficult elements easily.”

Ri, the 2016 Rio Olympic vault champion, trounced the field in D-scores alone; his eponymous pair of vaults each carried a D-score of 6.0, whereas the highest D-score of any other finalist was 5.6. Ri said inventing and successfully performing such skills is easy, considering his internal drive.

“It’s the spirit that I will be the champion of the world,” he said.

Ri also won the gold on vault at the 2014 Worlds in Nanning, China, and the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Stories From Doha” (11 of them) will appear in the January/February 2019 issue on International Gymnast.

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