North Korea at the 2004 Summer Olympics

North Korea at the 2004 Summer Olympics
North Korea at the Olympic Games

Flag of North Korea – Flag bearers
IOC code  PRK
NOC Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 36 (13 men, 23 women) in 9 sports
Flag bearer Kim Song-Ho (NOC official)
Medals
Rank: 57
Gold
0
Silver
4
Bronze
1
Total
5
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North Korea competed as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Both North Korea and South Korea marched together in the Parade of Nations at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies under the Korean Unification Flag, a white flag showing the united Korean peninsula in blue. They had two flagbearers carrying the flag together at each occasion, one representing the North and the other representing the South. The female athletes and staff wore red blazers, while their male counterparts wore blue. Although they marched together, the teams competed separately and had separate medal tallies.

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Medalists

Medal Name Sport Event
 Silver Kim Song Guk Boxing Men's Featherweight
 Silver Kye Sun Hui Judo Women's 57 kg
 Silver Kim Hyang Mi Table Tennis Women's Singles
 Silver Ri Song-Hui Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
 Bronze Kim Jong Su Shooting Men's 50 metre Pistol

Results by event

Athletics

All four members of the North Korea athletics team were marathoners, with the top performance coming from Jong Yong-Ok, who finished 21st.

Men's Marathon:

  • Jong Myong-Chol
    • 2:19:47 (35th overall)

Women's marathon:

Ham pulled out just before the halfway point of the race, when she was in 35th place.

  • Jo Bun-Hui
    • 2:55:54 (56th overall)
  • Jong Yong-Ok
    • 2:37:52 (21st overall)

Boxing

Kim Song-Guk was a surprise finalist in the Featherweight class, beating the European bronze medalist in the second round and the All-Africa Games silver medalist in the quarters before edging World runner-up and European champion Vitali Tajbert in the semifinals. In the final, Tichtchenko pulled out into an early lead over Kim and never looked back, easily taking victory and leaving Kim to the silver medal.

Men's Light Flyweight (48kg):

Men's Featherweight (57 kg):

Diving

All four North Korean divers competed in the 10 metre event, with the two men qualifying for the semifinals, while the two women were eliminated in the preliminaries. Both men scored had top-12 scores in the semifinal, but because qualification for the final was based on the total score from the first two rounds, their lower preliminary scores prevented them from qualifying.

Men's 10 metre Platform:

  • Choe Hyong-Gil
    • Preliminary: 419.58 points (16th overall, Qualified)
    • Semifinal: 180.78 points (Total: 600.36 points) (15th overall, did not advance)
  • Pak Yong-Ryong
    • Preliminary: 414.33 points (17th overall, Qualified)
    • Semifinal: 181.68 points (Total: 596.01 points) (17th overall, did not advance)

Women's 10 metre Platform:

  • Jon Hyon-Ju
    • Preliminary: 272.01 points (22nd overall, did not advance)
  • Kim Kyong-Ju
    • Preliminary: 263.52 points (25th overall, did not advance)

Gymnastics

Artistic

The eight-athlete team entered by North Korea in Gymnastics was its largest in any single sport, thanks to the women's team qualifying for the Games. Neither male athlete managed to make a final, but two women did make three finals between them, with Kang Yun-Mi finishing 5th in the vault and Pyon Kwang-Sun making the all-around and uneven bars finals. In the uneven bars final, Pyon had the best finish for the team, ending in 4th place, just four-hundredths of a point from a medal. The team finished last overall in qualification, primarily due to poor showings on the beam and the floor, where they were last by more than a full point.

Men's All-Around:

  • Kim Hyon-Il
    • Qualification: 18.649 points (97th overall, did not advance)
      • Pommel Horse: 9.112 points (56th overall, did not advance)
      • Parallel Bars: 9.537 points (37th overall, did not advance)
  • Ri Jong-Song
    • Qualification: 18.837 points (96th overall, did not advance)
      • Floor Exercise: 9.675 points (14th overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 9.174 points (18th overall, did not advance)

Women's All-Around:

  • Han Jong-Ok
    • Qualification: 17.537 points (91st overall, did not advance)
      • Uneven Bars: 9.537 points (17th overall, did not advance)
      • Beam: 8.000 points (78th overall, did not advance)
  • Hong Su-Jong
    • Qualification: 34.962 points (50th overall, did not advance)
      • Floor Exercise: 8.475 points (72nd overall, did not advance)
      • Uneven Bars: 9.200 points (49th overall, did not advance)
      • Beam: 8.212 points (73rd overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 9.075 points (one vault only)
  • Kang Yun-Mi
    • Qualification: 18.487.512 points (87th overall, did not advance)
      • Floor Exercise: 8.850 points (58th overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 9.574 points (2nd overall, Qualified)
  • Kim Un-Jong
    • Qualification: 36.062 points (36th overall, did not advance)
      • Floor Exercise: 9.050 points (48th overall, did not advance)
      • Uneven Bars: 9.475 points (25th overall, did not advance)
      • Beam: 8.412 points (70th overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 9.125 points (one vault only)
  • Pyon Kwang-Sun
    • Qualification: 36.512 points (23rd overall, Qualified)
      • Floor Exercise: 8.650 points (65th overall, did not advance)
      • Uneven Bars: 9.600 points (10th overall, Qualified)
      • Beam: 9.062 points (32nd overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 9.200 points (one vault only)
    • Final: 35.862 points (Floor Exercise: 8.900 points, Uneven Bars: 9.587 points, Beam: 8.850 points, Vault: 8.525 points) (17th overall)
  • Ri Hae-Yon
    • Qualification: 34.911 points (52nd overall, did not advance)
      • Floor Exercise: 8.687 points (60th overall, did not advance)
      • Uneven Bars: 8.862 points (64th overall, did not advance)
      • Beam: 8.600 points (62nd overall, did not advance)
      • Vault: 8.762 points (one vault only)

Women's Team All-Around:

  • Han Jong-Ok, Hong Su-Jong, Kang Yun-Mi, Kim Un-Jong, Pyon Kwang-Sun and Ri Hae-Yon
    • Qualification: 144.372 points (12th overall, did not advance)

The team score was calculated from the scores listed under the individual qualification, with the top four on each apparatus being counted.

Women's Uneven Bars:

  • Pyon Kwang-Sun
    • Final: 9.600 points (4th overall)

Women's Vault:

  • Kang Yun-Mi
    • Final: 9.381 points (Vault 1: 9.462 points, Vault 2: 9.300 points)(5th overall)

Judo

The North Korean judo team put up a 10-9 record in Athens, with four of the wins coming from two-time World Champion Kye Sun-Hui. Kye, who had won a gold medal in Atlanta and a bronze in Sydney, made her way to the final in Athens, where she lost a tight match to a German opponent. Although she failed to win gold, she did manage to complete her Olympic medal collection.

Men's 60 kg (Extra-Lightweight):

  • Pak Nam-Chol

Women's 48 kg (Extra-Lightweight):

  • Ri Kyong-Ok
    • Round of 32: Lost to Nese Sensoy of Turkey (Harai-makikomi; waza-ari)

Women's 52 kg (Half-Lightweight):

  • Ri Sang-Sim
    • Round of 32: Lost to Yuki Yokosawa of Japan (Tate-shiho-gatame; ippon - 2:25) (advanced to first repechage round)
    • Repechage Round 1: Defeated Hortense Diedhiou of Senegal (Sumi-otoshi; yuko)
    • Repechage Round 2: Lost to Georgina Singleton of Great Britain (Uchi-mata-makikomi; koku)

Women's 57 kg (Lightweight):

Women's 63 kg (Half-Middleweight):

  • Hong Ok-Song
    • Round of 32: Defeated Ylenia Sacpin of Italy (Kouchi-gari; koku - 1:36, Golden Score)
    • Round of 16: Defeated Henriette Moller of South Africa (Ippon-seoi-nage; ippon - 1:22)
    • Quarterfinal: Lost to Claudia Heill of Austria (penalty points; 3 shidos) (advanced to second repechage round)
    • Repechage Round 2: Defeated Ronda Rousey of the United States (Sumi-otoshi; yuko)
    • Repechage Round 3: Lost to Driulys González of Cuba (Kesa-gatame; ippon - 0:58)

Women's 70 kg (Middleweight):

  • Kim Ryon-Mi
    • Round of 32: Bye
    • Round of 16: Defeated Antonia Moreira of Angola (Harai-makikomi; ippon - 1:08)
    • Quarterfinal: Lost to Catherine Marie Joelle Arlove of Australia (Sumi-gaeshi; ippon - 2:11) (advanced to second repechage round)
    • Repechage Round 2: Defeated Andrea Pazoutova of the Czech Republic (Ouchi-gari; waza-ari)
    • Repechage Round 3: Lost to Catherine Jacques of Belgium (Tani-otoshi; waza-ari)

Shooting

North Korean shooters made three finals, and managed to come up with a medal. Kim Jong-Su and Kim Hyon-Ung both made the 10 metre air pistol final, but neither shot strongly enough to challenge for a medal. Kim Jong-Su also made the 50 metre pistol final, but here shot well enough to earn a bronze medal. Ri Hyon-Ok came very close to the women's skeet final, just missing out in a shoot-off.

Men's 50 metre Pistol:

  • Kim Hyon-Ung
    • Qualification: 553 points (T-18th overall, did not advance)
  • Kim Jong-Su
    • Qualification: 564 points (T-3rd overall, Qualified)
    • Final: 93.7 points (Total: 657.7 points) (Bronze Medal)

Men's 25 metre Rapid Fire Pistol:

  • Kim Hyon-Ung
    • Qualification: 572 points (16th overall, did not advance)

Men's 10 metre Air Pistol:

  • Kim Hyon-Ung
    • Qualification: 583 points (T-4th overall, Qualified)
    • Final: 99.0 points (Total: 682.0 points) (6th overall)
  • Kim Jong-Su
    • Qualification: 582 points (T-6th overall, Qualified)
    • Final: 99.2 points (Total: 681.2 points) (8th overall)

Women's Skeet:

  • Ri Hyon-Ok
    • Qualification: 68 points (Shoot-off: 1, 2)(7th overall, did not advance)

Table Tennis

The North Korean tennis team went 8-5, with its biggest success coming not from one of the two seeds, but from world #40 Kim Hyang-Mi, who beat three seeded players on her way to the final. This included upsetting the 3rd seed Niu Jianfeng in the 4th round and stirring comeback from down three-sets-to-one against a Singaporean opponent in the semifinal, before falling to the #1 seed in the final.

Men's Singles:

  • O Il
    • Round 1: Defeated Jose Luyindula of Democratic Republic of Congo (11 - 8, 11 - 8, 11 - 4, 11 - 7)
    • Round 2: Lost to Leung Chu Yan of Hong Kong (3 - 11, 9 - 11, 13 - 11, 4 - 11, 8 - 11)

Women's Singles:

  • (15) Kim Hyon-Hui
    • Round 1: Bye
    • Round 2: Bye
    • Round 3: Defeated Jing Jun Hong of Singapore (7 - 11, 11 - 8, 6 - 11, 11 - 5, 11 - 4, 11 - 9)
    • Round 4: Lost to Tie Yana of China (6 - 11, 7 - 11, 4 - 11, 11 - 8, 8 - 11)
  • Kim Hyang-Mi
    • Round 1: Bye
    • Round 2: Bye
    • Round 3: Defeated (12) Mihaela Steff of Romania (7 - 11, 11 - 8, 11 - 7, 11 - 7, 6 - 11, 11 - 9)
    • Round 4: Defeated (3) Niu Jianfeng of China (11 - 8, 11 - 9, 11 - 9, 11 - 4)
    • Quarterfinal: Defeated Zhang Xueling of Singapore (11 - 7, 11 - 4, 9 - 11, 11 - 8, 8 - 11, 12 - 10)
    • Semifinal: Defeated (6) Li Jia Wei of Singapore (8 - 11, 11 - 6, 0 - 11, 8 - 11, 11 - 8, 11 - 6, 11 - 9)
    • Final: Lost to (1) Zhang Yining of China ( 11 - 8, 11 - 7, 11 - 2, 11 - 2)
  • Kim Yun-Mi
    • Round 1: Bye
    • Round 2: Defeated Cecilia Otu Offiong of Nigeria (11 - 8, 11 - 6, 9 - 11, 12 - 10, 11 - 8)
    • Round 3: Lost to (2) Wang Nan of China (6 - 11, 15 - 13, 11 - 8, 2 - 11, 5 - 11, 9 - 11)

Women's Doubles:

  • (8) Kim Hyon-Hui and Kim Hyang-Mi
    • Round 1: Bye
    • Round 2: Bye
    • Round 3: Bye
    • Round 4: Defeated Chunli Li and Karen Li of New Zealand (11 - 8, 11 - 13, 11 - 6, 11 - 13, 11 - 5, 11 - 4)
    • Quarterfinal: Lost to (3) Lee Eun Sil and Seok Eun Mi of South Korea (10 - 12, 11 - 4, 9 - 11, 8 - 11, 11 - 9, 7 - 11)

Weightlifting

North Korean weightlifters came home with a silver medal, after Ri Song-Hui, who was tied for second entering the Clean & Jerk, made a successful lift at 130.0 kg to pull away into a lone silver medal position.

Men's 62 kg:

  • Im Yong-Su
    • Did not finish (Snatch: 140.0 kg, Clean & Jerk: DNF)

Im missed three attempts at a Clean & Jerk of 170.0 kg, which would have given him a bronze medal.

Women's 48 kg:

  • Choe Un-Sim
    • 177.5 kg (Snatch: 82.5 kg, Clean & Jerk: 95.0 kg, 8th overall)

Women's 58 kg:

  • Pak Hyon-Suk
    • 217.5 kg (Snatch: 95.0 kg, Clean & Jerk: 122.5 kg, 6th overall)
  • Ri Song-Hui
    • 232.5 kg (Snatch: 102.5 kg, Clean & Jerk: 130.0 kg) (Silver Medal)

Wrestling

Freestyle

North Korea's only wrestler in Athens won one match on the mat and one by injury default, but was unable to advance, as he lost to a Greek wrestler in his first match.

Men's 55 kg:

  • O Song-Nam
    • Pool 7
    • 2nd in pool, did not advance (8 TP, 8 CP, 8th overall)

Officials

  • President: Mun Jae-Dok
  • Secretary General: Jo Sang-Nam

References

  • Wallechinsky, David; Jamie Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics : 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1845133306. 



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