KIM Junghwan


Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages Korean

World Cup34411
Varsovie (POLAND), 2007-05-19Chicago (USA), 2012-06-22Padoue (ITALY), 2015-01-30
Madrid (SPAIN), 2014-02-07Moscow (RUSSIA), 2014-03-21Padoue (ITALY), 2016-01-29
Varsovie (POLAND), 2017-02-24Athènes (GREECE), 2014-04-25Madrid (SPAIN), 2016-05-13
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2015-10-30Padoue (ITALY), 2017-02-03
World Championship1--1
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-19
Zone Championships2226
Singapore (SINGAPORE), 2015-06-25Shanghai (CHINA), 2013-06-04Nantong (CHINA), 2007-08-22
Wuxi (CHINA), 2016-04-13Bangkok (THAILAND), 2018-06-19Wakayama (JAPAN), 2012-04-22
Grand Prix4149
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-03-08Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30Plovdiv (BULGARIA), 2007-03-02
New York (USA), 2014-12-13Plovdiv (BULGARIA), 2014-05-24
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2016-05-27Moscow (RUSSIA), 2017-06-02
Seoul (KOREA), 2017-03-31Seoul (KOREA), 2019-04-26
Olympic Games--11
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-10

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 1996 when he was a junior high school student.

Why this sport? He was influenced by one of his friends. His physical education teacher also encouraged him to take up fencing because he had long arms.

Club / Team Korean Sports Promotion Foundation: Korea

Name of coach Kim Du-Hong [club], KOR; Yang Dal-Sik [national], KOR

Handedness Right

International Debut

Year 2005

Competing for Korea

Tournament World Cup

Location Seoul, KOR

General Interest

Most influential person in career His father. (imnews.imbc.com, 17 Aug 2016)

Hero / Idol Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (hankyung.com, 15 Oct 2014)

Injuries He injured his thigh at the 2015 World Cup event in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (chosun.com, 29 Mar 2015)

He sustained a finger injury at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (hankyung.com, 15 Oct 2014)

He injured his ankle one month before the 2012 Olympic Games. (kookje.co.kr, 04 Aug 2012)

Awards and honours In 2016 he was given a Special Citation Award by the Jeollabuk-do Sports Council in Republic of Korea. (jeonmin.co.kr, 14 Dec 2016)

In 2013 he received the Excellent Group Award at the Coca-Cola Sports Awards in the Republic of Korea. (tvreport.com, 31 Jan 2013)

Other information NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male Korean fencer to win a medal in individual sabre at the Olympic Games when he claimed bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jul 2017; imnews.imbc.com, 17 Aug 2016)

He was suspended from all competitions for one year after he tested positive for a banned substance at the 2005 World Cup event in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He argued unsuccessfully that the positive test was a result of having taken sleeping pills to treat insomnia. "I was going to quit the sport, and travel to other countries. But my father, who passed away in 2009, kept persuading me to continue the sport." (joins.com, 04 Aug 2012; donga.com, 25 May 2007)


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