Hwang Young-cho

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Hwang Young-cho
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Personal information
Born (1970-03-22) 22 March 1970 (age 51)
Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Hwang Young-cho
Revised RomanizationHwang Yeong-jo
McCune–ReischauerHwang Yŏngcho
IPA[ɸwa̠ŋ jʌ̹ŋ.t͡ɕo̞]

Hwang Young-cho (born 22 March 1970) is a former South Korean athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1994 Asian Games.


Monument to Hwang Young-cho located in front of the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, installed in 2001

Born in Samcheok, South Korea, Hwang was a promising track athlete in his junior years, but after his first marathon in 1991, which he won, decided to specialize in marathon.

The Barcelona Olympic marathon was only fourth of his career. He had won two and placed second in his three previous marathon competitions. In Barcelona, Hwang was in the leading pack from the start, but in a slowly run race, this group still numbered thirty runners at the halfway mark. However, runners gradually lost contact with the leaders in the second half of the race, until at 35 km, only Hwang and Kōichi Morishita from Japan remained. They had quite a memorable struggle, until Hwang broke free after 40 km to win a gold medal.

Hwang raced sparingly after Barcelona, and he retired after injury prevented him from representing South Korea in the 1996 Olympics.

Hwang was depicted on the 2006 Berlin Marathon medal to commemorate his victory in the 1992 Olympic marathon event.

South Koreans' Olympic marathon medals[edit]

Hwang has been one of two Korean athletes to win the Olympic marathon. The other winner was Sohn Kee-chung. Hwang's contemporary South Korean athlete Lee Bong-Ju won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, and Nam Sung-yong won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin at the same race that Sohn Kee-chung won.


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External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Hwang Yeong-Jo (황 영조, Hwang Young-Cho)". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.
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