Kim Hyeon-Woo (Hangul: 김현우, Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɦjʌn.u]; born November 6, 1988 in Wonju, Gangwon-do) is a male wrestler from South Korea. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kim won the gold medal in the 66 kg Greco-Roman wrestling final.

Kim Hyeon-Woo
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Personal information
BornNovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06) (age 31)
Wonju, Gangwon-do

BiographyEdit

Kim began to train judo at the age of 9. However he converted his sport into wrestling in 2001.[1]

Kim first drew international attention in 2006 when he won the silver medal at the World Junior Wrestling Championships and the gold medal at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships. Kim became a member of the South Korean senior national team in 2010 when he won the gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships.[1]

At the 2011 World Wrestling Championships, Kim won bronze for his first medal at a major competition. In the quarterfinal bout, he beat 2008 Olympic silver medalist Vitaliy Rahimov of Azerbaijan 2-0. In December 2011, Kim won the gold medal in the men's Greco-Roman 66 kg at the Pre-London Olympics Test Event.

At the 2012 Olympics, Kim edged out defending Olympic champion Steeve Guenot of France 2-1 in the semifinals. In the final, Kim beat Tamás Lőrincz of Hungary with 2-0 (1:0, 2:0) to give South Korea its first wrestling gold of the London Games.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Kim was defeated by Roman Vlasov of Russia in the round of 16 in the 75 kg division. He then defeated Yang Bin of China during the repechages and Božo Starčević of Croatia to win the bronze medal.[2] He was the flag bearer for South Korea during the closing ceremony.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kim has a hold on gold, ends wrestling's drought". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  2. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  3. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-22.