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North Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics

North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's tenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

North Korea at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of North Korea.svg
IOC code PRK
NOC Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 31 in 9 sports
Flag bearer Choe Jon-wi[1] (opening)
Yun Won-chol (closing)
Medals
Ranked 34th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 3 2 7
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
North Korean representatives at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village

The Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea sent the nation's smallest ever delegation to the Games since 2000. A total of 31 athletes, 11 men and 20 women, were selected to the North Korean team across nine different sports, marking the fourth straight Games to feature more female athletes than male.[2][3] North Korea did not register any of its boxers for the first time at the Games since 1972, but capped an eight-year Olympic comeback to artistic gymnastics, after missing out of London 2012 under a two-year suspension for age falsification.

Notable athletes on the North Korean roster featured weightlifting champions Om Yun-chol (men's 56 kg) and Rim Jong-sim (women's 75 kg), twins Kim Hye-gyong and Kim Hye-song in the women's marathon, pistol shooter and three-time Olympian Kim Jong-su, and former gymnastics champion Hong Un-jong in the women's vault. Meanwhile, weightlifting rookie Choe Jon-wi was selected by the committee to lead the North Korean delegation as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][2]

North Korea left Rio de Janeiro with a total of seven medals (2 golds, 3 silver, and 2 bronze), signifying its most successful Olympic outcome based on the overall medal count, but falling short of the 12-medal target set by its sports commission.[4] Half of North Korea's medal haul was distributed to the weightlifters, while the rest to the competitors in artistic gymnastics, shooting, and table tennis. Among the medalists were Rim Jong-sim, who repeated her golden feat from London four years earlier in a heavier category, and double world champion Ri Se-gwang, who obtained the nation's first ever gymnastics title by a male after 24 years.[5][6]

Contents

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Rim Jong-sim Weightlifting Women's 75 kg 12 August
  Gold Ri Se-gwang Gymnastics Men's vault 15 August
  Silver Om Yun-chol Weightlifting Men's 56 kg 7 August
  Silver Choe Hyo-sim Weightlifting Women's 63 kg 9 August
  Silver Kim Kuk-hyang Weightlifting Women's +75 kg 14 August
  Bronze Kim Song-guk Shooting Men's 50 m pistol 10 August
  Bronze Kim Song-i Table tennis Women's singles 10 August

ArcheryEdit

One North Korean archer qualified for the women's individual recurve by obtaining one of the three Olympic places available from the 2015 Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.[7]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Kang Un-ju Women's individual 643 15   Nikitin (BRA)
W 6–0
  Bjerendal (SWE)
W 6–2
  Chang H-j (KOR)
L 2–6
Did not advance

Athletics (track and field)Edit

North Korean athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[8][9]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Pak Chol Men's marathon 2:15:27 27
Kim Hye-gyong Women's marathon 2:28:36 11
Kim Hye-song 2:28:36 10
Kim Kum-ok 2:38:24 49

DivingEdit

North Korean divers qualified for the following individual spots and synchronized teams at the 2016 Olympic Games by having achieved a top three finish from the 2015 World Championships.[10]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Kim Kuk-hyang Women's 10 m platform 263.20 25 Did not advance
Kim Un-hyang 289.45 18 Q 343.70 5 Q 357.90 7
Kim Kuk-hyang
Kim Mi-rae
Women's 10 m synchronized platform N/A 322.44 4

GymnasticsEdit

 
North Koreans observed women's artistic gymnastics training in Rio.

ArtisticEdit

North Korea has qualified one male and one female artistic gymnast each for of the following apparatus and all-around events through the 2015 World Championships.[11][12]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Ri Se-gwang Vault N/A 15.433 N/A 15.433 1 Q N/A 15.691 N/A 15.691  
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Hong Un-jong Vault 15.683 N/A 15.683 2 Q 14.900 N/A 14.900 6
Floor N/A 12.533 12.533 71 Did not advance

JudoEdit

North Korea has qualified three judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Hong Kuk-hyon and Kyong Sol were ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men and top 14 for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while Kim Sol-mi at women's extra-lightweight (48 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region as the highest-ranked North Korean judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[13]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Hong Kuk-hyon Men's −73 kg   Duprat (FRA)
L 000–100
Did not advance
Kim Sol-mi Women's −48 kg N/A   Dolgova (RUS)
L 000–001
Did not advance
Sol Kyong Women's −78 kg N/A Bye   Tcheuméo (FRA)
L 000–100
Did not advance

ShootingEdit

North Korean shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) as of March 31, 2016.[14]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Kim Jong-su Men's 10 m air pistol 575 27 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 548 24 N/A Did not advance
Kim Song-guk Men's 10 m air pistol 577 17 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 557 5 Q N/A 172.8  
Jo Yong-suk Women's 10 m air pistol 381 12 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 582 6 Q 12 7 Did not advance
Pak Yong-hui Women's trap 65 12 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Table tennisEdit

North Korea has fielded a team of three athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. Kim Song I and 2012 Olympian Ri Myong-sun scored a second-stage draw victory each to book two of six remaining Olympic spots in the women's singles at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong.[15]

Ri Mi-gyong was awarded the third spot to build the women's team for the Games by virtue of a top 10 national finish in the ITTF Olympic Rankings.[16]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kim Song-i Women's singles Bye   Grzybowska (POL)
W 4–0
  Ishikawa (JPN)
W 4–3
  Chen S-y (TPE)
W 4–2
  Yu My (SIN)
W 4–2
  Ding N (CHN)
L 1–4
  Fukuhara (JPN)
W 4–1
 
Ri Myong-sun Bye   Lovas (HUN)
W 4–1
  Solja (GER)
W 4–0
  Fukuhara (JPN)
L 0–4
Did not advance
Kim Song-i
Ri Mi-gyong
Ri Myong-sun
Women's team N/A   Australia (AUS)
W 3–0
  China (CHN)
L 0–3
Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

North Korean weightlifters have qualified a maximum of six men's and four women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

On June 22, 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation decided to strip of one Olympic men's and women's entry place each from North Korea because of "multiple positive cases" of doping throughout the qualifying period.[17][18]

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Om Yun-chol −56 kg 134 2 169 2 303  
Kim Myong-hyok −69 kg 157 3 196 DNF 157 DNF
Kwon Yong-gwang 137 16 176 11 313 14
Choe Jon-wi −77 kg 153 8 190 8 343 8
Women
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Choe Hyo-sim −63 kg 105 3 143 2 248  
Rim Jong-sim −75 kg 121 1 153 1 274  
Kim Kuk-hyang +75 kg 131 1 175 2 306  

WrestlingEdit

North Korea has qualified a total of four wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition. Three of them finished among the top six to book an Olympic spot each in the men's freestyle 57 kg, men's Greco-Roman 59 kg, and women's freestyle 53 kg at the 2015 World Championships, while the other had claimed the remaining Olympic slot to round out the North Korean roster at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar.[19]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Yang Kyong-il −57 kg   Higuchi (JPN)
L 1–4 SP
Did not advance   Lachinau (BLR)
W 3–1 PP
  Bonne (CUB)
L 1–4 SP
Did not advance 8
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Yun Won-chol −59 kg Bye   Mahmoud (EGY)
W 3–1 PP
  Tasmuradov (UZB)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance 10
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kim Hyon-gyong −48 kg   Dadasheva (RUS)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 13
Jong Myong-suk −53 kg   Gallays (CAN)
W 4–0 ST
  Gün (TUR)
W 4–0 ST
  Maroulis (USA)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance Bye   Zhong Xc (CHN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 7

ReferencesEdit

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