Han Pil-hwa (Korean: 한필화; Hanja: 韓弼花; born 21 January 1942 in Nampho, South Pyongan) is a female North Korean speed skater who competed in the 1964 Winter Olympics and in the 1972 Winter Olympics. She was the first woman to represent North Korea at the Olympics.
|Representing North Korea|
|Women's speed skating|
|1964 Innsbruck||3000 m|
In 1964 she won the silver medal in the 3000 meter event and she is the first Winter Olympic medalist in both Koreas. In the 1500 meter competition she finished ninth and in the 500 meter contest she finished 28th.
Between 1963 and 1968 Han Pil-hwa was also a regular guest at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women. In 1965 championships in Oulu she reached highest and got to a fifth place in the allround event. Her best single distance result was a third place on the 3000 meter at the 1966 championships in Trondheim.
Over the course of her career, Han Pil-hwa skated the following best results:
|500 m||44.9||25 Dec 1969||Bujen|
|1,000 m||1:32.3||26 Dec 1969||Bujen|
|1,500 m||2:24.2||25 Dec 1969||Bujen|
|3,000 m||5:03.7||26 Dec 1969||Bujen|
|Mini combination||189.732||25/26 Dec 1969||Bujen|
Season best performancesEdit
Over the seasons, Han Pil-hwa skated the following best results:
|1958/59||52.7||1.48.2||2.50.6||6.07.0||all set at the 1959 Kazach SSR Prize at Medeo, Alma-Ata|
|1962/63||46.8||1.36.1||2.30.0||5.37.2||all set during the 1963 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women at Karuizawa|
|1964/65||48.8||1.41.7||2.29.1||5.21.6||all set during the 1965 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women at Oulu|
|1965/66||48.7||1.37.3||2.34.3||5.10.9||all set during the 1966 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women at Trondheim|
|1967/68||48.6||1.38.3||2.30.7||5.21.2||all set during the 1968 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women at Helsinki|
|1968/69||47.2||1.36.4||2.29.4||5.17.0||all set during a 1969 Socialist friendship meeting in Sverdlovsk|
|1971/72||1.33.79||2.25.64||5.07.24||all set during the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo|
After her career in sports, Han has held various offices in politics and sports administration. She became the chief secretary of the Speed Skating Association February 1986. She has also been deputy director general of the Guidance Bureau for Winter Sports of the National Sports Committee, head of the Technical Guidance Office for Winter Sports of the National Sports Committee, vice-chairwoman of the Korea Ice Skating Association, and vice-chairwoman of the Athletic Technique Union.
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- Eng & Koolhaas 1987, p. 62
- Eng & Koolhaas 1987, pp. 58–59
- Preis der Kasachischen SSR via http://www.speedskatingnews.info
- Freundschaftswettkampf der Sozialistischen Länder via http://www.speedskatingnews.info
- North Korea Handbook. Seoul: Yonhap News Agency. 2002. p. 781. ISBN 978-0-7656-3523-5.
- Eng, Trond; Koolhaas, Marnix (1987). National All Time & Encyclopedia Men / Ladies as at 1.7.87, Issue N°6: Africa, Asia, Oceania, Vol.2. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Han Pil-hwa". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
- Skater business card of Pil Hwa Han on www.speedskatingnews.info