Ri Se-gwang

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Ri Se-gwang
Full name Ri Se-gwang
Country represented  North Korea
Born (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 33)
South Hamgyong
Hometown Pyongyang
Height 155 centm (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior
Club April 25 Sports Club
Ri Se-gwang
Chosŏn'gŭl 리세광
Revised Romanization I Segwang
McCune–Reischauer Ri Segwang

Ri Se-gwang (Hangul리세광; born January 21, 1985) is a North Korean artistic gymnast,[1] representing the April 25 Sports Club.[2]


He won a bronze medal on vault at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He was the first North Korean ever to win a gold medal on vault at the Asian Games, where he performed solidly at the 2006 Asian Games was the first one for North Korea on that apparatus.[1]

In 2009, he successfully performed an extremely difficult new vault, a Tsukahara (1/4 entry in the first flight) on the vaulting table, followed by a full twisting double backwards salto in tuck position.[3] The new vault is named after Ri.[2] The vault is valued a 7.2 A-score, the second highest difficulty value in the world, with Hak Seon Yang's vault being the most difficult with a start value of 7.4.

Ri competed in the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and qualified first for the vault final. He finished 7th in the final after a fall on his first vault and going out of bounds on his second vault, with an average score of 15.650.

In the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Nanning, China, Ri defeated the reigning World and Olympic Champion Yang Hak-seon and won the gold medal. On Nov. 1, 2015, Ri participated in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and successfully defended his title.

In the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won gold on vault.[4]


  1. ^ a b "DPR Korean wins men's vault gold at Asiad gymnastics". People's Daily Online (English). 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  2. ^ a b "April 25 Sports Team of DPRK Proves Successful in Int'l Tournaments This Year". web.archive.org. KCNA. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Ri Se Gwang training vault in slow motion". 2009-07-02.
  4. ^ "Se Gwang Ri". Rio 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

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