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Kim Young-ho (born April 9, 1971 in Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea) is a South Korean foil fencer.

Kim Young-ho
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Personal information
Born (1971-04-09) 9 April 1971 (age 48)
Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeongho
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏngho

At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he won the gold medal in individual foil, defeating Ralf Bissdorf of Germany in the final.[1][2] He became the first Olympic Champion in fencing from Korea, and the first Asian man to win an Olympic Gold medal in fencing.

At the 1997 World Championships he had perhaps one of the most heroic losses in top level fencing. With approximately 2 minutes left in the final period, Kim was down 11-3 to Sergei Golubitsky of Ukraine. As direct elimination fencing bouts go to 15 touches, most fencers would presume Kim was about done and was fencing for pride. 8 touches later Kim had tied the score.

He and Golubitsky (as Sergei stated on his "Golden Bouts" tape, "and now the nightmare begins....the comeback of Kim") traded touches until Kim finally lost 15-14. At la belle (tied for the last touch, 14-14), Kim almost pulled the win out, but his attack failed to register (although he had struck valid target) and Golubitsky dodged a bullet, allowing him the chance to win the bout.

The bout is at


  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Kim Young-ho". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kim Yeong-Ho". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-12-28.