Yang Kyong-il

Yang Kyong-Il (Korean pronunciation: [jaŋ.ɡjʌŋ.il] or [jaŋ] [kjʌŋ.il]; born 7 August 1989 in Pyongyang) is a male freestyle wrestler from North Korea who is a double world champion and won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Yang Kyong-Il
Personal information
Born7 August 1989 (1989-08-07) (age 31)
Pyongyang, North Korea
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYang Gyeong-il
McCune–ReischauerYang Kyŏng-il


Yang won his first world title at the 2009 World Championships. He beat Bayaraagiin Naranbaatar, Krasimir Krastanov, Mykola Aivazian and Rizvan Gadzhiev before beating Sezar Akgül in the final.[1]

He participated in Men's freestyle 55 kg at 2008 Summer Olympics. He lost in the last 16 to Namig Sevdimov and was eliminated from the competition.[2]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Yang beat Dilshod Mansurov before losing to Dzhamal Otarsultanov. Because Otarsultanov reached the final, Yang was entered into the repechage. In the repechage, Yang beat Sem Shilimela before beating Daulet Niyazbekov to win a bronze medal.[2]

In 2014, Yang won his second world title in Tashkent. He beat Kim Sung-gwon, Yuki Takahashi and Hassan Rahimi before beatingVladimer Khinchegashvili in the final.

At the 2016 Olympics, Yang lost to Rei Higuchi in the first round. Because Higuchi reached the final, Yang was entered into the repechage. In the repechage, Yang beat Asadulla Lachinau before losing to Yowlys Bonne to leave without a medal.[2]


  1. ^ "Senior World Championships 2009" (PDF). www.fila-official.com. 28 September 2009. p. 28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Yang Kyong-Il Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-23.

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