|Full name||Hong Su-jong|
|Country represented||North Korea|
March 9, 1986 |
or March 9, 1989
Hamgyong, North Korea
|Height||146 cm (4 ft 9 in) |
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Club||Pyongyang Sports Club|
|Head coach(es)||Choe Kyong-hui|
|Music||Grieg Concert by Austria|
|Revised Romanization||Hong Sujeong|
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.
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.
2010 age controversy
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.
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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- F.I.G. Proposal of Decision from the Disciplinary Commission to the attention of the Presidential Commission in the case of Ms. Hong Su Jong
- "One Woman, Three Birthdays". The New York Times. The Associated Press. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
- "Gymnastique: la Corée du Nord privée de Mondiaux", Associated Press, October 14, 2010
- "North Korea banned 2 years for age falsification" Associated Press, November 5, 2010