Park Sang-young

Park Sang-young (Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.s͈aŋ.jʌŋ] or [pak̚] [saŋ.jʌŋ]; born 16 October 1995) is a South Korean right-handed épée fencer, two-time team Asian champion, 2021 team Olympic bronze medalist, and 2016 individual Olympic champion.[1]

Park Sang-young
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Park at Trophée Monal 2014
Personal information
Born (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 26)
Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Sport
Country South Korea
SportFencing
WeaponÉpée
Handright-handed
ClubUlsan Metropolitan City Hall
FIE rankingcurrent ranking
Park Sang-young
Hangul
박상영
Hanja
朴相泳
Revised RomanizationBak Sang-yeong
McCune–ReischauerPak Sangyŏng

Early lifeEdit

Park was introduced to fencing in middle school. He nearly had to give up the sport as his family could not afford the expensive equipment but financial aid from a non-profit charity and his admission into Gyeongnam Physical Education High School, a public school, allowed him to continue to fencing.[2][3][4] During his first year in high school, he won first place in the individual épée category at the national high school championships.[4]

CareerEdit

Park was junior world champion in Moscow in 2012, becoming the first South Korean male junior fencer to win a medal in the épée event.[5][4] He qualified for the senior national team in 2013 by winning the national championship, a rarity for a high school student as fencers generally competed at collegiate level before making the step up. Dubbed a "monster rookie", he made headlines by narrowly defeating veterans Kweon Young-jun and Jung Jin-sun.[4][6]

Park joined the senior category in the 2013–14 season, during which he won the 2014 Doha Grand Prix and the 2014 Berne Grand Prix.[7] As part of the South Korean team he won a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Fencing Championships in Suwon and at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon,[8] as well as a silver medal at the 2014 World Fencing Championships.[9] He finished the season world no.3.[1]

The 2014–15 season proved more difficult for Park. He sustained a knee injury while fencing against Pavel Pitra of the Czech Republic in the table of 16 at the March Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.[10] The injury prevented him from taking part in the 2015 Asian Championships and the World Championships. He returned to competition a year later, winning a bronze medal in the Vancouver world cup in February 2016.[11]

Medal RecordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Location Event Position
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Individual Men's Épée 1st[12]
2021   Tokyo, Japan Team Men's Épée 3rd[13]

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Location Event Position
2014   Kazan, Russia Team Men's Épée 2nd[14]
2018   Wuxi, China Team Men's Épée 2nd[15]

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Location Event Position
2014   Suwon, South Korea Team Men's Épée 1st[16]
2016   Wuxi, China Individual Men's Épée 2nd[17]
2016   Wuxi, China Team Men's Épée 2nd[18]
2017   Hong Kong, China Team Men's Épée 1st[19]
2019   Tokyo, Japan Team Men's Épée 2nd[20]

Grand PrixEdit

Date Location Event Position
01/16/2014   Doha, Qatar Individual Men's Épée 1st[21]
05/10/2014   Bern, Switzerland Individual Men's Épée 1st[22]
12/08/2017   Doha, Qatar Individual Men's Épée 1st[23]
05/25/2018   Cali, Colombia Individual Men's Épée 3rd[24]

World CupEdit

Year Location Event Position
02/12/2016   Vancouver, Canada Individual Men's Épée 3rd[25]
11/18/2016   Buenos Aires, Argentina Individual Men's Épée 1st[26]
10/27/2017   Bern, Switzerland Individual Men's Épée 1st[27]
05/17/2019   Paris, France Individual Men's Épée 1st[28]
01/09/2020   Heidenheim, Germany Individual Men's Épée 2nd[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Park is a graduate of Korea National Sport University.[30][31] One of his contemporaries at university was pentathlete Jun Woong-tae, his close friend.[32][33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website: official profile". International Fencing Federation (FIE). Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  2. ^ "어려운 가정 형편에도 꿈 포기하지 않아 대한민국 '국가대표'로 성장한 선수 5인". Insight (in Korean). 25 July 2021.
  3. ^ Radio Star. Episode 742. October 20, 2021. MBC.
  4. ^ a b c d "경남체고 펜싱부 박상영 첫 고교생 국가대표 선발". Gyeongnam Shinmun (in Korean). 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ International Fencing Federation (ed.). "Championnats du monde juniors-cadets–List of results".
  6. ^ "'고교 괴물펜서'박상영,국대선발전 최연소우승'대이변'". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 7 September 2013.
  7. ^ Gabriele Lippi (11 May 2014). "La seconda di Park". Pianeta Scherma (in Italian).
  8. ^ "S. Korea wins men's epee fencing team gold". Yonhap News Agency. 23 September 2014.
  9. ^ Michael Balcaen (23 July 2014). "Un final en fanfare !" (in French). TV5 Monde. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  10. ^ Budapest GP Epee Men & Women Individual T32-T8 - Piste Yellow, retrieved 2021-04-24
  11. ^ Alessandro Gennari (14 February 2016). "A Vancouver va in scena la prima di Enrico Garozzo". Pianeta Scherma (in Italian).
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  30. ^ "박상영을 춤추게한 한마디 "즐겨라"". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 10 August 2016.
  31. ^ "한국체대, 올림픽 통산 메달 100개 획득 기념행사 개최". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). 21 September 2016.
  32. ^ "전웅태 "제게 운명 같았던 근대5종, 한국의 '운명'이 됐으면 해요"". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 21 February 2020.
  33. ^ "모두 '넌 안돼' 했지만 '할 수 있다' 재현했다, 미친펜서 박상영 [아무튼, 주말]". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 11 September 2021.