Suh Yun-bok

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Suh.
Suh Yun-bok
Hangul 서윤복
Hanja 徐潤福
Revised Romanization Seo Yunbok
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ Yunbok
Sohn Kee-chung, Suh Yun-bok, Kim Koo and Nam Sung-yong at Gyeonggyojang in 1947

Suh Yun-bok (born January 9, 1923) is a former South Korean athlete, who is best known as the winner of the 1947 Boston Marathon.[1] He won the race with a world best time of 2:25:39 under the coach Sohn Kee-chung, the Korean winner of the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. His participation in the Boston Marathon was financed by donations from servicemen in the United States Forces Korea.[2] His win was the first time a world best for the men's marathon was set at the Boston Marathon. The previous world best was set by his coach Sohn in Tokyo, Japan in 1935. At 166 cm tall (5'5") and weighing 56 kg (123 lbs), he was said to be the shortest winner ever of the Boston Marathon.

In 1948, one year after the Boston victory, Suh raced the marathon in 1948 Summer Olympics held in London. He retired in 1949.

Marathon career[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "서윤복 (Seo Yun-Bok)" (in Korean). Sports Museum of Korea. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Korean Star, G.I. Financed Wins 51st B.A.A. Marathon". Christian Science Monitor. 1947-04-21. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 

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Preceded by
South Korea Sohn Kee-chung
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
April 19, 1947 – June 14, 1952
Succeeded by
United Kingdom James Peters