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Gu Bon-gil (Korean pronunciation: [ku.bon.ɡil] or [ku] [pon.ɡil]; born 27 April 1989) is a South Korean fencer.[1] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed as part of the South Korean team in the Men's team sabre, where he won a gold medal. In the individual event he was defeated in the third round.[2]

Gu Bon-gil
Gu Bon-Gil.jpg
Gu at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
NationalitySouth Korean
Born (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 29)
Country South Korea
Coached byLee Hyo-kun
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGu Bongil
McCune–ReischauerKu Pon'gil
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1

He took up fencing in 2002 in Daegu.[3]

At the 2011 World Fencing Championships, he won the bronze medal, losing to Aldo Montano in the semifinal.[4] At the 2014 World Fencing Championships he won silver in the individual event, losing to Nikolay Kovalev in the final. [5] He also won silver in the team event, along with Kim Jung-hwan, Won Woo-Young and Oh Eun-seok.[6]

Gu finished the 2013-14 season ranked #1 in the world,[7] claiming Korea's first Fencing World Cup title. In the 2014–15 Fencing World Cup he won gold at the Coupe de Monde in Budapest, the Sabre de Wolodyjowski in Warsaw and the Villa de Madrid in Madrid, before finishing 5th at the 2015 World Fencing Championships in Moscow. [8] He maintained his world #1 rank to the end of the 2014-15 season to claim his second World Cup title.[9]

Gu is also the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Asian Champion, [10] as well as the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games champion. [11]

In 2016, Gu Bon-gil made a guest appearance in Got7's Hard Carry, a reality show, and he lost to former HK youth representative Jackson Wang in a friendly bout.[12] That year he was also the flagbearer for South Korea at the 2016 Olympics.[3]

He again won gold in the team sabre at the 2017 World Championships, along with silver in the individual event.[3]


  1. ^ Archived 1 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bongil Gu". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "GU BON-GIL Biography".
  4. ^ "Photo Galleries". Yahoo! Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Nikolai Kovalev of St. Petersburg Wins Gold at World Fencing Championships". Russkiy Mir Foundation Information Service. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "World Championships 2014 - Aktive Herrensäbel Team - CHM Seniors (FIE)". Ophardt Team Sportevent. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Fencer - GU Bongil". FIE. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Fencer - GU Bongil details of points". FIE. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Fencer - GU Bongil". FIE. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  10. ^ "(Asian Games) S Korea golden in baseball, weightlifting, taekwondo, fencing". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Asian Games athlete record". 17th Asian Games Incheon. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  12. ^ M2 (21 November 2016), [GOT7's Hard Carry] Special fencing match between Jackson and Gu bon gil Ep.6 Part 4, retrieved 23 November 2016
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Yoon Kyung-shin
Flagbearer for   South Korea
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by