Photos: Heung-min Son scoops prestigious award following three-week mandatory military service

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Heung-min Son
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Heung-min Son has completed his three-week mandatory military service in his native South Korea.

With the Premier League season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tottenham Hotspur striker travelled back to his homeland last month and went into quarantine prior to commencing his national service.

Son would have been required by law to serve 21 months of service but he earned an exemption by helping his national team win a gold medal at the Asian Games football tournament in 2018 (Reuters).

Yonhap have revealed that the 27-year-old has scooped an award as the top performer among the 157 trainees.

The Spurs player received the ‘Pilsung’ prize at a graduation ceremony after undertaking shooting and bayonet skills, chemical, biological and radiological training, individual battle skills and first aid training.

Son is said to have shown his eye for goal also extends to the shooting range where he hit 10 out of 10 shots on target.

“He will receive the ‘Pilsung’ prize which is one of five types of awards for best performers,” a Marine Corps officer told Yonhap.

“All the courses were judged in a fair and strict manner, and his military training officers have said he went through the training faithfully.”

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