Hwang Kyung-seon

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Hwang Kyung-seon
2-Time World and Olympic Taekwondo Champion Kyung Seon Hwang.jpg
First woman to win three Olympic taekwondo medals
Personal information
Born May 21, 1986 (1986-05-21) (age 32)
Korean name
Hangul 황경선
Hanja 黃敬善
Revised Romanization Hwang Gyeong-seon
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Kyŏng-sŏn

Hwang Kyung-seon (Korean pronunciation: [hwaŋ.ɡjʌŋ.sʌn], born May 21, 1986), also spelled Hwang Kyung-sun, is a female South Korean Taekwondo practitioner. She is a two-time Olympic Champion from 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]


In 2008, she won the gold medal in the -67kg category at the Beijing Olympic Games, beating 2007 world lightweight (-63 kg) champion Karine Sergerie of Canada in the final.

In 2012, she won the gold medal in the -67kg category at the London Olympic Games, beating 2012 European Champion (-67 kg) Nur Tatar of Turkey in the final. She became the first Korean female athlete (and the second Korean) to defend an individual title in the Summer Olympics and to win an Olympic individual medal in a particular event in three consecutive Olympic Games, Jin Jong-oh in shooting having achieved the same feats for men's 50 m pistol earlier in the 2012 Summer Olympics. At 26, she became the youngest Korean to achieve these records. She also became the first woman ever to win three Olympic taekwondo medals.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hwang Gyeong-Seon". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 

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