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OH Sanguk

sabre
Rank2
Pts231.000
Age25
HandR

Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages Korean

Higher education Physical Education - Daejeon University: Korea

License number 30091996000

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup31812
Györ (HUNGARY), 2016-12-02Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-03-22Padoue (ITALY), 2015-01-30
Györ (HUNGARY), 2017-12-01Padoue (ITALY), 2017-02-03
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2021-03-11Madrid (SPAIN), 2018-05-18
Alger (ALGERIA), 2018-11-16
Varsovie (POLAND), 2019-02-01
Madrid (SPAIN), 2019-05-10
Varsovie (POLAND), 2020-02-21
Luxembourg (LUXEMBOURG), 2020-03-06
World Championship1--1
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-07-15
Zone Championships1--1
Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-14
Grand Prix4--4
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2018-05-11
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-02-22
Seoul (KOREA), 2019-04-26
1--1
Napoli (ITALY), 2019-07-04

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried fencing while he was in primary school. He took up the sport competitively in 2009 at Maebong Middle School in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Why this sport? He was influenced by his older brother. His parents initially did not want him to get involved in the sport but they were persuaded to let him pursue it after coach Park Jong-Han identified his talent.

Club / Team Seongnam City Hall: Korea

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

Handedness Right

International Debut

Year 2015

Competing for Korea

Tournament World Cup

Location Padua, ITA

General Interest

Nicknames Monster [because of his height] (news.chosun.com, 23 Aug 2019)

Hobbies Gaming. (news.chosun.com, 23 Aug 2019)

Most influential person in career His middle school coach Park Jong-Han. (news.kmib.co.kr, 23 Aug 2018)

Hero / Idol Korean fencers Kim Jung-Hwan and Gu Bon-Gil. (stoo.asiae.co.kr, 03 Jan 2020)

Injuries He had surgery on the little toe on his right foot in August 2016. (segye.com, 16 Dec 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "If somebody says fencing, I want to be the person that immediately comes to mind." (sportschosun.com, 28 Apr 2021)

Awards and honours In 2020 he was presented with the Best Athlete Award at the Coca-Cola Amateur Sports Awards in Republic of Korea. (sportschosun.com, 28 Apr 2021)

He was named Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Korea Sports Awards. He also received the Amateur Athlete of the Year award at the 2019 Gyeonggi-do Sports Awards in the Republic of Korea. (kyeongin.com, 19 Dec 2019; kyeonggi.com, 15 Oct 2019)

In 2018 he was named Athlete of the Year at the 2018 Daejeon Sports Awards in the Republic of Korea. (dtnews24.com, 21 Dec 2018)

He was named the 2017 Male Fencer of the Year by the Korean Fencing Federation. (osen.mt.co.kr, 13 Dec 2017)

Famous relatives His older brother Oh Sang-Min has represented the Republic of Korea in fencing, and competed in sabre at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 May 2021; SBS, 29 Aug 2019; kmib.co.kr, 13 Feb 2015)

Ambitions To win individual and team gold in sabre at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news.kbs.co.kr, 14 Apr 2021; stoo.asiae.co.kr, 03 Jan 2020)

Other information COVID-19
In March 2021 he was hospitalised in Republic of Korea as he tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from winning gold in individual sabre at the 2021 World Cup event in Budapest, Hungary. He resumed training a month later. "I had a headache and muscle pain, and moreover I couldn't smell and taste. I was really sick and felt like I lost a lot of muscle. It was the first time I have taken a one-month break from training, but I tried to stay positive by thinking that it would be my last holiday before entering the national training centre ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo." (news.sbs.co.kr, 23 Apr 2021; news.kbs.co.kr, 14 Apr 2021)

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