Ri Ho-jun

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Ri Ho-jun
Ri Ho-jun 1972.jpg
Ri Ho-jun at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1946-12-01) 1 December 1946 (age 72)
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
SportSports shooting
Ri Ho-jun
Revised RomanizationI Hojun
McCune–ReischauerRi Hojun

Ri Ho-jun (Chosŏn'gŭl리호준, born 1 December 1946) is a sports shooter and Olympic Champion for North Korea. He won a gold medal in the 50 metre rifle prone event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich,[1] the country's first ever Olympic gold.[2] In August 1972 he was awarded the title of Merited Master of Sport of the USSR.[3] He also competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics and the 1980 Summer Olympics.[1]

Ri also taught shooting sports to North Korea's future leader, Kim Jong-il. Ri later became his closest bodyguard.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Li Ho-Jun". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b Fischer, Paul (2016). A Kim Jong-Il Production: Kidnap, Torture, Murder... Making Movies North Korean-Style. London: Penguin Books. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-241-97000-3.
  3. ^ Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. pp. 122–124.