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Kim Kuk-hyang (weightlifter)

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Kim Kuk-hyang (Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɡu.kʰjaŋ] or [kim] [ku.kʰjaŋ]; born 20 April 1993) is a North Korean weightlifter who won the silver medal in the women's +75 kg weight class at the 2015 Asian Weightlifting Championships.[1]

Kim Kuk-hyang
Personal information
NationalityNorth Korean
Born (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 25)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Country North Korea
Event(s)+75 kg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 131 kg (2015 & 2016)
  • Clean and jerk: 175 kg (2016)
  • Total: 306 kg (2016)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Guk-hyang
McCune–ReischauerKim Kuk-hyang

She won the silver medal at the women's +75 kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2]

Kuk-hyang was born in Jangyon County, South Hwanghe Province, North Korea. She was raised by her mother and was later orphaned, to be raised by the state. She was noticed by weightlifting coach Kim Myong Ho at a hospital in Pyongyang when helping her mother get medical treatment; she was helping her mother up the stairs when the coach asked if she wanted to become a weightlifter. As her mother's health was failing, the coach would often visit her in hospital and promised to raise her daughter. Myong Ho was a demanding coach who also acted as her father. At age 16, she was injured as the first world junior weight lifting championship neared. After recuperating, she was looked after by national-level coaches and a medical group, who oversaw her nutrition using a scientific approach. She was chosen one of the top ten athletes of 2016 and was awarded the title of "Merited Athlete" in her home country. [3]


  1. ^ IWF Profile
  2. ^ "Kuk Hyang Kim". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Kuk-hyang, Kim (January 2018). "Orphan Grows to be a Sports Ace". Korea Today. Pyongyang: The Foreign Languages Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2018.