Kim Jong-su

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Jong-su
Medal record
Men's shooting
Representing  North Korea
Olympic Games
Bronze 2004 Athens 50 m pistol
Disqualified 2008 Beijing[1] 10 m air pistol
Disqualified 2008 Beijing[1] 50 m pistol
Asian Games
Gold 1998 Bangkok 50 m pistol team
Silver 2006 Doha 10 m air pistol
Silver 2006 Doha 50 m pistol team
Silver 2010 Guangzhou 25 m standard pistol
Bronze 1998 Bangkok 50 m pistol
Bronze 2002 Busan 50 m pistol team
Bronze 2002 Busan 50 m pistol
Bronze 2006 Doha 50 m pistol
Bronze 2010 Guangzhou 25 m standard pistol team
Bronze 2010 Guangzhou 25 m center fire pistol team
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 김정수
Hancha
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏngsu

Kim Jong-su (born January 1, 1977)[2] is a North Korean sport shooter who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In Athens, he won the bronze medal in the 50 metre pistol competition, and finished eighth in the air pistol final. In Beijing, he won a silver medal in 50 metre pistol and a bronze medal in 10 metre air pistol, but was later disqualified for doping and stripped of both medals.

As a competitor at the 2008 Olympics[edit]

Kim competed in the 10 metre air pistol event during the 2008 Olympics on the August 9, where he came third in the qualification round, with 584 points, and again came third in the final round, with 683.0 points, initially earning a bronze medal. Three days later, he then competed in the 50 metre pistol event, where he scored 563 and 660.2 points for qualification and final rounds respectively, thus earning a silver medal.

Propranolol doping[edit]

On August 15, 2008, three days after Kim won his third Olympic medal, the International Olympic Committee announced that he had tested positive for the banned substance propranolol during a doping test. Propranolol is a beta blocker that is mainly used to treat hypertension, but also prevents trembling. Kim was stripped of his two medals from the 2008 Summer Olympics, making Kim the second athlete, and first medal winning athlete, to test positive for a banned substance at the 2008 Olympic Games. In the 10 metre air pistol, the bronze medal went to Jason Turner of the United States. In the 50 metre pistol, the silver medal went to Tan Zongliang of China, and the bronze medal went to Vladimir Isakov of Russia.[3][4]

Media response within North Korea[edit]

While media outside North Korea reported on Kim's disqualification, the Korean Central News Agency did not report on the incident.[5] On August 15, the day when Kim Jong Su officially had his medals revoked, the KCNA reported:

Kim Jong Su placed second in the men's 50 metre free pistol and third in the men's 10 meter air pistol.

No news reports since August 15 have mention of Kim's disqualification.[citation needed]

Performance timelines[edit]

50 metre pistol[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Olympic Games 3 Bronze
564+93.7
Not held DQ
World Championships Not held 5th
565+95.2
Not held
Asian Games/Championships Not held 14th
547
Not held
World Cup 1 6th
565+91.1
World Cup 2 5th
564+98.1
World Cup 3 26th
556
19th
556
World Cup 4
World Cup Final NQ NQ NQ NQ

25 metre center-fire pistol[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
World Championships Not held 32nd
575
Not held
Asian Games/Championships Not held  Bronze
582
Not held

25 metre standard pistol[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
World Championships Not held 2 Silver
575
Not held
Asian Games/Championships Not held  Silver
570
Not held

10 metre air pistol[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Olympic Games 8th
582+99.2
Not held DQ
World Championships Not held 14th
580
Not held
Asian Games/Championships  Bronze
580+100.2
World Cup 1 2 Silver
585+99.5
World Cup 2 3 Bronze
583+99.0
World Cup 3 10th
584
13th
582
World Cup 4
World Cup Final NQ NQ NQ NQ

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