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Kwon Young-woo (also Kwon Yeong-u, Korean: 권 영우; born May 4, 1981 in Seoul) is a South Korean judoka, who competed in the men's middleweight category.[1] He captured two golds in the 81-kg division at the Summer Universiade (2001 and 2003), completed a full set of medals at the Asian Judo Championships, and later finished seventh at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Kwon Young-woo
Personal information
Full nameKwon Young-woo
Nationality South Korea
Born (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
Event(s)81 kg

Kwon emerged as a frontrunner and a medal contender at the 2001 Summer Universiade in Beijing, China, where he took home the gold in the 81-kg class against Azerbaijan's Mehman Azizov.[2][3] Two years later, Kwon defeated Spain's Óscar Fernández for an unprecedented second straight gold in his respective division.[4]

Kwon qualified for the South Korean squad in the men's half-middleweight class (81 kg) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by placing third and receiving a berth from the Asian Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He thwarted France's Cédric Claverie and Cuba's Gabriel Arteaga in the prelims by a waza-ari and a yuko score, before being sanctioned with a penalty and falling short to Greek judoka and eventual Olympic champion Ilias Iliadis in a sudden-death quarterfinal match.[5] In the repechage round, Kwon ran off from his temporary falter with an effortless victory over Australia's Morgan Endicott-Davies, but fell short in a tremendous ippon to Brazilian judoka Flávio Canto within twenty-seven seconds, ending him in the seventh spot.[6][7]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kwon Young-woo". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Mainland ushering in new era as gold haul rises to 9". The China Post. 25 August 2001. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Chinese Women Outshine in Universiade Judo Competition". People's Daily. 25 August 2001. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. ^ Choi, Ja-hyung (9 September 2003). "Hanyangians win medals". Hanyang University. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Iliadis takes out judo gold". ABC News Australia. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Judo: Men's Half-Middleweight (81kg/179 lbs) Repechage Round 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Bronze em Atenas, judoca Flávio Canto anuncia aposentadoria" [Judoka Flávio Canto, bronze medalist in Athens, announced his retirement] (in Portuguese). Terra Networks. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2014.

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