Kim Hye-song (runner)

Kim Hye-song (Korean김혜성; Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɦe.sʌŋ] or [kim] [he.sʌŋ]; born 9 March 1993) is a North Korean long-distance runner.[2]

Kim Hye-song
Kim Hye-song running
Personal information
Born (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 27)
Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea
Height153 cm (5 ft 0 in)[1]
Country North Korea
TeamPyongyang Sports Team
Coached byJong Myong-chol
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2013: Marathon – 14th
  • 2015: Marathon – 9th
Highest world ranking9th (marathon, 2015)
Personal best(s)
  • 10,000 m: 33:59.20 (2012)
  • Marathon: 2:27:58 (2014)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeseong
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyesŏng
Updated on 5 September 2015.

Marathoner Kim Hye-gyong is her sister. They are fraternal twins. Hye-song is the eldest of the two.[1] According to their coach, Jong Myong-chol, Hye-song is more conservative and quiet than her sister. The coach considers their healthy rivalry in races and friendship a key to their success.[3]

Kim represents the Pyongyang Sports Team.[4] Together she and her sister train five times a week, running 25–30 km (16–19 mi) a day.[3]

The sisters Kim, along with Kim Mi-gyong (no relation) are considered the most prominent of North Korean female marathoners today.[5]


Kim is from Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province.[5] She and her sister started running in middle-school at the age of 14.[5] Their father was a marathon coach at that time.[6] Kim trained at a sports school in Kumchon County. At the age of 14, she won both the 3,000 m and 5,000 m events at a national competition between sport schools.[7] The sisters then moved to the capital Pyongyang.[5] Kim finished fifth at the half marathon of the 2010 Pyongyang Marathon and was subsequently chosen to represent North Korea in the national team.[6]

She could not join her sister in the 2015 Hong Kong Marathon serving as that year's Asian Marathon Championship due to a left hamstring injury.[5] Kim took part in the women's marathon at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, finishing 9th.[8]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 Pyongyang Marathon Pyongyang, North Korea 9th[9] Marathon 2:34:46[2]
World Championships Moscow, Russia 14th Marathon 2:38:28[2]
Great Eastern Women's Run Singapore 2nd Half-marathon 1:17:52[10]
2014 Pyongyang Marathon Pyongyang, North Korea 2nd[11] Marathon 2:27:58[2]
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 9th[5] Marathon 2:38:55[1]
2015 Pyongyang Marathon Pyongyang, North Korea 1st[4] Marathon 2:29:12[2]
World Championships Beijing, China 9th Marathon 2:30:59[8]


  1. ^ a b c Kim Han-joo (2 October 2014). "(Asiad) N. Korean twin runners compete in women's marathon". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "IAAF: Athlete profile for Hye-Song Kim". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "N. Koreans out to impress". The Strait Times. AsiaOne. 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Twin Sisters, Talented Marathoners of DPRK". KCNA. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "IAAF: Kim Hye Gyong surprises with Hong Kong Marathon win". 25 January 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b Choe Chol Nam (14 March 2015). "First gold medallist of the year". The Pyongyang Times. Naenara. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ Kang Su Jong (2014). "Twin Marathoners" (PDF). Korea Pictorial. Foreign Languages Publishing House. 703 (7): 34. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Results / Marathon Women - Final". 30 August 2015. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  9. ^ "2013 Mangyongdae Prize Marathon - info/results - 04/14/13" (PDF). 14 April 2013. p. 3. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. ^ Chen, May (10 November 2013). "North Korean twin sisters take top two spots at Great Eastern Women's Run 2013". The Straits Times. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  11. ^ Minshull, Phil (13 April 2014). "IAAF: Chol and Gyong take the honours in Pyongyang". Retrieved 23 August 2015.

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