Nam Sung-yong

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Nam.
Nam Sung-Yong
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Personal information
Nationality  South Korea
Born (1912-11-23)November 23, 1912
Died February 20, 2001(2001-02-20) (aged 88)
Nam Sung-yong
Hangul 남승룡
Hanja 南昇龍
Revised Romanization Nam Seungryong
McCune–Reischauer Nam Sŭngnyong

Nam Sung-Yong (November 23, 1912 in Junten (Suncheon), Japanese Korea – February 20, 2001) was the bronze winner of the Marathon of the 1936 Summer Olympics, completing the run in 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 42 seconds. He is also the first Korean bronze Olympian.

Nam received higher education in Japan. Like the gold medalist Sohn Kee-Chung, Nam Sung-Yong used the Japanese pronunciation of his name, Nan Shōryū as Korea was then a part of the Japanese Empire.

After the Olympics, Nam Sung-Yong worked at the Korean Sporting Association with Sohn Kee-Chung.

Nam's record[edit]

  • 2:32:33, 2nd at Japan Championship (November 3, 1933)
  • 2:36:05, the winner at Japan's Berlin Olympics qualifying round (May 21, 1936)
  • 2:31:42, bronze medal at Berlin Olympics (August 9, 1936)
  • 2:40:10, 10th at 1947 Boston Marathon (April 1947). At this race, Nam's compatriot Suh Yun-Bok was the winner.

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