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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