Hong Su-jong

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Hong Su-jong
Full name Hong Su-jong
Country represented  North Korea
Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 31)
or (1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 28)
Hamgyong, North Korea
Height 146 cm (4 ft 9 in) [1]
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior
Club Pyongyang Sports Club
Head coach(es) Choe Kyong-hui
Choreographer Choe Kyong-hui
Music Grieg Concert by Austria
Hong Su-jong
Chosŏn'gŭl 홍수정
Revised Romanization Hong Sujeong
McCune–Reischauer Hong Sujŏng

Hong Su-jong (born March 9, 1986 or 1989 in Hamgyong, North Korea) is a North Korean artistic gymnast. She is the 2007 World silver medalist on the vault. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the all-around and in the team event.

She is the older sister of Hong Un-jong.[2] They share the generation name Jong.[citation needed]


Hong Su-Jong made the national gymnastics team in 2003. She competed in the 2003 Summer Universiade for her international debut. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the all-around, but did not qualify for the final. At the 2006 Asian Games she won a gold medal on the uneven bars, a silver medal on vault and with her team, and bronze in the all-around. She won a silver medal on vault at the 2007 World Championships. She injured herself before the 2008 Summer Olympics and was unable to compete.[1]

Hong was suspended for two years, from late 2007 to late 2009, following a positive test for furosemide at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic test event.[3]

2010 age controversy[edit]

In October 2010, It was announced Hong Su-jong was under investigation after several discrepancies surfaced over her reported year of birth and age-eligibility for senior competition.[4]

Subsequently, North Korea was banned from taking part in the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, as the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique announced it was not satisfied with the explanation provided by North Korea for having entered Hong Su-jong with three different birth dates (1985, 1986 or 1989), in different competitions. In particular, she had taken part in the 2004 Olympics claiming to have been born in 1985; her subsequently announced birth date of 1989 meant that she would have been too young to compete in 2004.[5]

In November 2010, the F.I.G. announced that due to the age discrepancies, North Korean gymnasts were banned from all international competition until October 5, 2012. The North Korean Federation was also fined USD $20,800, and Hong specifically was banned from competing in even national competition within North Korea.[6]


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