Lee Kang-seok

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Lee Kang-seok
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Lee Kang-seok at the 2006 World Cup
Personal information
Born (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 32)
Uijeongbu, South Korea
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Sport
Country  South Korea
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
World finals 2006 (500 m)
2009 (100 m)

Lee Kang-seok (Korean: 이강석, Hanja: 李康奭, born 28 February 1985) is a South Korean speed skater. He is the 2007 and 2009 World Champion for 500 m. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the 500 m. He is the second South Korean person to win a medal in an event outside of short track speedskating, and he has become a representative to show that South Korea is expanding towards cultivating their athletes to excel in sports other than short track speed skating.

On 5 March 2006, Lee won his first World Cup title, winning the 2005–06 World Cup on the 500 m. A year later, Lee won gold at the World Single Distance Championships in the Utah Olympic Oval, setting a world record time of 34.25 seconds in the second race. The record has been broken since then by Jeremy Wotherspoon on 9 November 2007, with a time of 34.03 seconds. At the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China, Lee won the 500 m, beating Yu Fengtong with times of 35.00 and 34.82.

Controversies[edit]

Lee had his South Korean driving license revoked for driving while intoxicated on 16 June 2012. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.12%.[1]

World record[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
500 m 34.25 9 March 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 이강석 음주운전, 빙상 국가대표 워크샵 이후 ‘면허 취소’. 파이낸셜뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Lee Kang-seok". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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