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North Korea Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics

North Korea at Rio Olympics

The first participation of North Korea in the Summer Olympics was in 1972 in Munich, West Germany. At that time, North Korea had 37 participants, and Ri Ho-jun won their first gold medal in the 50 meters rifle prone 60 shots event (shooting).

North Korea has participated nine times in the Olympics so far with Rio 2016 being their 10th participation. This nation has won a total of 49 gold medals, two of them won in the winter Olympics.

Top North Korean Athletes in Rio Olympics

Kim Kuk-hyang, a world champion in the women's 10 meters platform event at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, will represent North Korea in diving segment. She will be joined by Song Nam-hyang, who won the bronze medal in that same event.

The country is pinning hopes on gymnast Ri Se-gwang. He has won a total of five gold medals, three of them on vault. He has also won one silver medal and two bronze medals. He has been impressive at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Hong Kuk-hyon, winner of one gold medal in the 2013 Asian Championships and one silver medal in 2014 Qingdao Grand Prix, will represent North Korea in Judo events.

Jong Hak-jin, Yun Won-chol, Kim Hyong-gyong and Jong Myong-suk are some of the North Korean wrestlers expected to make a mark in 2016 Rio Olympics.

North Korea Olympic Athletes at 2016 Summer Olympics

Athletes NameSports
Kang Un-juArchery
Kim Kuk-hyangDiving
Un Hyang KimDiving
Kim Mi-raeDiving
Hong Un-jongGymnastics
Ri Se-gwangGymnastics
Hong Kuk-hyonJudo
Sol KyongJudo
Kim Sol MiJudo
Kim Jong-suShooting
Jo Yong-sukShooting
Pak Yong-huiShooting
Kim Song GukShooting
Ri Myong-SunTable tennis
Ri Mi-GyongTable tennis
Kim Song ITable tennis
Pak CholTrack & field
Kim Hye-songTrack & field
Kim Kum-okTrack & field
Kim Hye-gyongTrack & field
Om Yun-Cho IWeightlifting
Rim Jong-simWeightlifting
Myong Hyok KimWeightlifting
Kim Kuk-hyangWeightlifting
Kwon Yong GwangWeightlifting
Choe Jon WiWeightlifting
Choe Hyo SimWeightlifting
Kyong Il YangWrestling
Kim Hyon-gyongWrestling
Jong Myong-sukWrestling
Yun Won-CholWrestling

Last Updated On : August 02, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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