Kim Kum-ok

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Kim Kum-ok
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Kim at the 2012 London Olympics
Personal information
Born (1988-12-09) December 9, 1988 (age 30)
Height1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
Country North Korea
TeamApril 25 Sports Team
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Geumok
McCune–ReischauerKim Kŭmok

Kim Kum-ok (Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɡɯ.mok̚] or [kim] [kɯ.mok̚]; born December 9, 1988) is a female long-distance runner and politician from North Korea, who specializes in the half marathon and marathon events. She represents the April 25 Sports Team.[1]

Kim ran in the Pyongyang Marathon in 2006 and took third with a time of 2:29:25.[2] She improved for the 2007 edition, setting a marathon personal best of 2:26:56 to take second place.[3] She had her first success at collegiate level, winning the half marathon at the 2007 Summer Universiade. Having won at the age of eighteen, the win was North Korea's second ever title at the Universiade.[4] She ran at the Beijing Marathon later that year and managed tenth place.[5]

At the Hong Kong Marathon, she had her first victory over the distance. She represented North Korea at the 2008 Summer Olympics and took twelfth place in the Olympic marathon race. The following year she returned to the Pyongyang Marathon and finished second again, this time to Phyo Un-suk.[3] She ran at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics later that year and finished in twentieth place in the World Championship marathon race with a time of 2:31:24 (the best performer of the North Korean team). She ended her 2009 season by running a half marathon best of 1:11:55 to win at the 2009 East Asian Games.

In her fourth attempt at the course, Kim won the Pyongyang Marathon in 2:27:34, running her second fastest ever marathon and seeing off two-time champion Jong Yong-ok to take the honours.[6]

Kim was elected to North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly in the 2009 North Korean parliamentary election, representing the 609th Electoral District,[7] and in 2014, representing the 606th.[8]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  North Korea
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 1st Half marathon 1:12:31
2008 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong, PR China 1st Marathon 2:36:43
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 12th Marathon 2:30:01
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 20th Marathon 2:31:24
East Asian Games Bangkok, Thailand 1st Half marathon 1:11.55
2010 Pyongyang Marathon Pyongyang, North Korea 1st Marathon 2:27:34
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 3rd Marathon 2:27:06
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 48th Marathon 2:33:30
2016 Olympic Games Rio, Brazil 49th Marathon 2:38:24

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ Jong Sun Bok (26 March 2015). "National conference of sportspersons held". The Pyongyang Times. Naenara. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ Marathon 2006. IAAF (2009-12-22). Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
  3. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-04-14). Two women go sub-2:30; Zemin takes surprise win in Pyongyang. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
  4. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2007-08-12). Second gold for Manninen, Vasilevskis takes Javelin win in Bangkok – World University Games days 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
  5. ^ Jiang, Yi (2007-10-21). Kinyanjui, Chen take top honours in Beijing – Beijing Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
  6. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2010-04-12). Surprise victory by Babaryka in Pyongyang – Mangyongdae Prize Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  7. ^ "[Annotated full list of elected MP's]" (XLS). North Korean Economy Watch. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ 중앙선거위 최고인민회의 제13기 대의원선거결과에 대하여 (in Korean). KCNA. 11 March 2014. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014.

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