Defection Of The Week

It is a frustrating time to be an athlete. One North Korean gymnast, though, put his skills to good use.

South Korean security officials received reports of “unidentified personnel” in the heavily fortified border area in Goeseng and after an extensive manhunt arrested the man in his 20s, who immediately asked for asylum.

They were intrigued as to how he had got through the extensive barrier that separates the two countries without triggering any of the sensors. The man told them that he had used his gymnastic acumen to swing himself over the three-metre fence. Taken aback, they asked him to demonstrate the feat which he did, not once but twice. The officials had no option but to believe his story and grant him his wish to remain south of the border.

What are the odds he will be competing for South Korea in the next Olympics. He would be a force to reckon with in the pole vault.

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