Olympics: North Korea's Ri wins men's vault title in gymnastics

North Korea's  Ri Se-gwang holds his national flag after winning the gold at the men's vault event at the Rio Olympics
North Korea's Ri Se-gwang holds his national flag after winning the gold at the men's vault event at the Rio OlympicsPHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - Ri Se-gwang became the first North Korean man to win the Olympic vault title as he soared to victory with an average score of 15.691.

The double world champion also became only the second man from his country to win an Olympic gymnastics title following the success of Pae Gil-su on the pommel horse at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Ri beat Russia's Denis Abliazin by 0.175 of a point.

Japan's Kenzo Shirai, who missed out on a medal on his signature floor exercise event on Sunday, won bronze with 15.449 as he edged out 35-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu on the tiebreak rule after both earned the same average score.