Wang Ki-chun

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Wang Kichun
Born 13 September 1988 (age 27)
Jeongeup, South Korea
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Division Lightweight
Style Judo
Fighting out of Daegu, South Korea
Team South Korea National Team
Yangju City Hall
Trainer Jang Moon-kyung
Song Dae-nam
Rank      2nd degree black belt in Judo
University Yongin University
Wang Ki-chun
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing -73 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro -73 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Rotterdam -73 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Tokyo -73 kg
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou -73 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Abu Dhabi -73 kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Tashkent -73 kg
Korean name
Hangul 왕기춘
Revised Romanization Wang Gi-chun
McCune–Reischauer Wang Kich‘un

Wang Ki-Chun (Hangul: 왕기춘, Korean pronunciation: [waŋ.ɡi.tɕʰun]; born September 13, 1988 in Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do) is a former judoka from South Korea.

He became known for beating the 2004 Olympic champion Lee Won-Hee in the qualification matches for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Wang won the world title at the age of 19 at the 2007 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He was the favorite for winning the gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games, however, Wang suffered ribcage fracture when Brazil's Leandro Guilheiro hit him with an elbow in the quarterfinal. Despite fighting through injury, Wang was beaten in the final by Elnur Mammadli from Azerbaijan and had to settle for silver medal [1]. He made up for it in the 2009 World Judo Championships by winning the 73 kg final against North Korean Kim Chol-Su.

After winning the Grand Slam in Paris 2010 he did not compete until the 2010 World Championships Tokyo and lost to Hiroyuki Akimoto in the Semi-Finals and had to settle with the bronze.

He did not medal at the 2011 World Championships in Paris, crashing out early to Ugo Legrand of France. He faced him again in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the fight for bronze, losing again.

In his prime, Wang was known for his physical fighting style, and his deadly tai otoshi and seoi nage.[1]

Disciplinary issues[edit]

In 2009, Wang assaulted a female club patron, slapping her face after an altercation. No charges were pressed after he reached a settlement with the victim.[2]

Wang was in controversy again in 2014, when he was detained for eight days by the Republic of Korea Army's military police for using his mobile phone while serving his national service. He was caught using his phone again a week later, and was sent to the military correctional facility.[3]


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