GU Bongil


Personal Information

Family Wife Park Eun-Joo

Residence Seoul, KOR

Occupation Athlete

Languages Korean

Higher education Physical Education - Dongeui University: Busan, KOR

License number 27041989002


World Cup74516
Padoue (ITALY), 2011-02-18Madrid (SPAIN), 2010-05-22New York (USA), 2011-06-24
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2011-03-18Padoue (ITALY), 2014-02-14Padoue (ITALY), 2012-02-17
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-11-21Györ (HUNGARY), 2016-12-02Moscow (RUSSIA), 2013-03-22
Varsovie (POLAND), 2015-02-20Luxembourg (LUXEMBOURG), 2020-03-06Athènes (GREECE), 2013-04-26
Madrid (SPAIN), 2015-05-01Varsovie (POLAND), 2017-02-24
Varsovie (POLAND), 2016-02-19
Varsovie (POLAND), 2018-02-23
World Championship-213
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-15Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-09
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-19
Zone Championships62-8
Séoul (KOREA), 2010-07-08Séoul (KOREA), 2011-07-08
Wakayama (JAPAN), 2012-04-22Singapore (SINGAPORE), 2015-06-25
Shanghai (CHINA), 2013-06-04
Suwon City (KOREA), 2014-07-02
Hong Kong (HONG KONG, CHINA), 2017-06-17
Bangkok (THAILAND), 2018-06-19
Grand Prix-448
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2010-02-05Budapest (HUNGARY), 2011-03-05
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-03-21Varsovie (POLAND), 2013-05-18
Plovdiv (BULGARIA), 2012-02-04Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2017-06-02Moscow (RUSSIA), 2018-05-11

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 2002 in Daegu, Republic of Korea.

Why this sport? He was playing football with his friends when he was encouraged to take up the sport by a fencing coach at his middle school. He was included in the school's sabre team because it was short of members.

Club / Team Korea Sports Promotion Foundation: Jeonnam, KOR

Name of coach Kim Du-Hong [club], KOR; Kim Hyung-Yeol [national], KOR

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Gaming. (Instagram profile, 02 Feb 2020; isplus.live.joins.com, 25 Apr 2019)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I don't eat food on the day of a competition and avoid water as much as possible because it feels like my body is getting heavier." (hankookilbo.com, 03 Jan 2020)

Sporting philosophy / motto "My style is 80% attack and 20% defence." (sports.news.naver.com, 14 May 2019)

Awards and honours In 2020 he was inducted into the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Hall of Fame. (Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2020; usafencing.org, 18 Sep 2020)

In 2019 he was presented with the Cheongryong [Blue Dragon] Medal, the highest Order of Sport Merit in the Republic of Korea. (sports.chosun.com, 15 Oct 2019)

He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (news.joins.com, 20 Jul 2016)

Milestones He was a member of the first Korean men's team to win an Olympic medal in fencing when he joined Jung-Hwan Kim, Eun-Seok Oh and Woo-Young Won to claim gold in team sabre at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 May 2021)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hankookilbo.com, 03 Jan 2020)

Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 he featured in a Korean television programme titled 'Sporty Brothers'. "I had reached a peak in my sporting career, but realised that the fencing was only temporarily popular in my country when we won medals. Therefore I wanted to promote the sport and myself through this programme." (Echannel YouTube channel, 29 Apr 2021; enter.etoday.co.kr, 23 Apr 2021; Instagram profile, 18 Apr 2021)

In 2014 he began studying at Kookmin University Graduate School of Sports Industry in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (UniK Naver blog, 04 Dec 2018)


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