Athletes Famous Athletes from North Korea

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List of famous athletes from North Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. North Korea has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best North Korean athletes of all time, so if you're a native of North Korea and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from North Korea then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of athletes, like Kim Kuk-Jin and Mun In-Guk, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest North Korean athletes?" and "Which athletes are from North Korea?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of North Korea in order to get more information about each one.

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Hong Un-jong Hong Un-jong is a North Korean artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic champion and 2014 World Champion on Vault.

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An Kum-ae An Kum-ae is a North Korean judoka. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the Women's 52 kg Judo competition after defeating Yanet Bermoy of Cuba, having won the silver medal at ...more

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Kye Sun-Hi Kye Sun-hui is a North Korean judoka. Kye won three Olympic medals in different weight classes, in 1996, 2000 and 2004. When she won the gold medal in Atlanta, 1996 she became the youngest gold ...more

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Won Ok-im Won Ok-Im is a North Korean judoka. She won a bronze medal in the half-middleweight category at the 2006 Asian Games, having defeated Battugs Tumenod of Mongolia in the bronze medal match. She ...more

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Phyo Yong-myong Phyo Yong-myong is a North Korean figure skater who has competed internationally as both a singles skater and a pairs skater. As a pair skater, she competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics with ...more

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An Young-Hak Suwon Samsung Bluewings An Yong-Hak is a Japanese-born North Korean football midfielder, who last played for Kashiwa Reysol in J. League Division 1. He is also a member of the North Korea national football team.

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Jong Tae-se Kawasaki Frontale Jong Tae-Se born 2 March 1984 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan is a North Korean footballer currently playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings. He is a member of the North Korea national team. He ...more

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Kim Yong-Suk Kim Yong-suk is a North Korean figure skater. She earned fourth place at the 2003 Winter Asian Games. She represented North Korea at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where she finished 27th.

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Ryang Yong-gi Vegalta Sendai Ryang Yong-gi is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer who plays for Vegalta Sendai in the J. League Division 1. Ryang is captain of his club where he is a creative midfielder. Ryang has made ...more

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Li Byong-Uk Ri Byong-uk is a retired North Korean boxer, who won two Olympic medals in the men's Light Flyweight category.

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Ri Han-jae Sanfrecce Hiroshima Ri Han-Jae is a North Korean football player. He played for North Korea in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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Ri Song Hui Ri Song-Hui is a North Korean weightlifter who competed in the women's 58 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal with 220.0 kg in total. She repeated this in the 2004 Summer ...more

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O Jong Ae O Jong Ae is a female weightlifter from North Korea. At the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, lifting 227 kg in total. She won the bronze ...more

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Ri Kum-suk April 25 Ri Kum-suk is a North Korean footballer who plays for the 4.25 Sports Club. She plays a key role not only for her club, but also for national teams in the AFC Women's Asian Cup, Asian Games and ...more

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Ri Hyang-mi Ri Hyang-mi is a North Korean short track speed skater. She won an individual bronze medal at short track at the 2003 Winter Asian Games. She was a competitor at the 2006 Winter Olympics in

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Yun Chol Chol Yun is a short track speed skater.

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Ri Yong-ae Ri Yong-ae is a retired North Korean long jumper. Her personal best jump was 6.79 metres, achieved in May 1988 in Kuala Lumpur. This is the current North Korean record. She also holds the ...more

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Pak Chol Min Pak Chol-min is a North Korean judoka. He won the bronze medal in the Men's 66 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Pak Nam-chol Korea DPR national football team Pak Nam-Chol is a North Korean international footballer. Pak has appeared for North Korea in various FIFA World Cup qualifying matches since 2006, scoring three goals. He was also in the North ...more

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Hong Ok-song Hong Ok-song is a North Korean judoka. Participating in the half-middleweight category at the 2004 Olympic Games, she finished seventh, having lost the repechage semi-final to Driulis ...more

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Kim Gwang-suk Kim Gwang-suk is a North Korean female gymnast who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics. She is known for both her exemplary uneven bars work and for her involvement in one of the most prominent ...more

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Ham Bong-sil Ham Pong-sil is a North Korean long-distance runner who specializes in the marathon race. She is a three-time Pyongyang Marathon winner.

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Pak Song-Chol Korea DPR national football team Pak Song-Chol is a Korean football player who currently play for April 25.

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Jong Yong-hyok Jong Yong-hyok is a North Korean pair skater. He competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics with partner Phyo Yong-myong, with whom he teamed up in the fall of 2005. They withdrew after the short ...more

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Jon Kwang-ik Korea DPR national football team Jon Kwang-ik is a North Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Amrokgang in the DPR Korea League. Jon has appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in the ...more

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Ri Myong-Guk Korea DPR national football team Ri Myong-guk is a North Korean international footballer, He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Pyongyang City in the DPR Korea League. He played 15 matches in 2010 World Cup qualifying for ...more

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Kim Kum-il Korea DPR national football team Kim Kum-Il is a North Korean footballer. He plays for the 4.25 Sports Team. In 2006, Kim led the North Korean Under-20 team to win the AFC Youth Championship by scoring 4 goals, he was also ...more

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Cha Jong-Hyok FC Wil Cha Jong-Hyok is a North Korean international football player, who currently plays for FC Wil.

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Ri Jun-Il Sobaeksu Sports Group Ri Jun-Il is a North Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Sobaeksu in DPR Korea League.

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Choe Kum-chol Rimyongsu Sports Group Choe Kum-Chol is a North Korean international football player who currently plays for Thais club side Nakhonnayok in Regional League Division 2 on loan from Muangthong United. Choe has made ...more

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Kim Un-chol Kim Un-chol is a North Korean boxer who competed in the light flyweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the bronze medal.

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Choi Chol-Su Choe Chol-su is a North Korean boxer, who won the gold medal in the men's Flyweight category at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

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Kim U-gil Kim U-gil is a former boxer from North Korea who won the silver medal in the light flyweight division at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. In the final he was defeated by ...more

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Hong Yong-jo FC Rostov Hong Yong-Jo is a North Korean international football striker, currently playing for 25 April FC in the DPR Korea League. He previously played for FC Rostov in Russia and FK Bežanija in the ...more

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Li Gwang-Sik Ri Gwang-sik is a North Korean boxer, who won a bronze medal in the men's bantamweight category at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He also captured a bronze medal at the 1991 World ...more

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Cha Kum Chol Cha Kum-Chol is a North Korean weightlifter. His personal best combined lift is 283 kg. At the 2007 World Championships he became world champion in the 56 kg category. He competed in ...more

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Pak Nam-chol Korea DPR national football team Pak Nam-chol is a North Korean international football player. Pak has appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in 4 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

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Hwang Ok-sil Hwang Ok-sil is a North Korean short track speed skater, who won bronze in the 500 m at the 1992 Winter Olympics.

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Kim Il Kim Il is a North Korean wrestler who won Olympic gold medals in men's freestyle wrestling, light flyweight, in 1992 and 1996. He won silver at the 1991 World Championships. In 2006, he was ...more

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Nam Song-chol April 25 Nam Song Chol is a North Korean international football player. Nam has appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in 19 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, including a game against Iran ...more

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Kang Yong-Gyun Kang Yong-gyun is a North Korean wrestler who competed in the Men's Graeco-Roman 54 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the bronze medal. He finished 4th at the 1996 Summer Olympics at 48 kg. ...more

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Ri Yong-sam Ri Yong-Sam is a North Korean wrestler. At the 1996 Summer Olympics he won the bronze medal in the men's Freestyle Bantamweight category. He also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Pae Gil-Su Pae Gil-su is a North Korean gymnast. He won the gold medal for the pommel horse at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Pae attended Pyongyang Sinri Primary School and the Korean Physical Education

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Gu Yong-Ju Gu Yong-jo was a boxer from North Korea, who won the gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. In the final he defeated American boxer Charles

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Kim Yong-jun Chengdu Blades Kim Yong-Jun is a North Korean international football player, who is currently playing for Pyongyang City.

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Ryang Gyu-sa Fagiano Okayama F.C. Ryang Kyu-Sa Ryang Kyu-Sa is a retired Zainichi Korean footballer who played for North Korea in 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification. Ryang recently opined on the Japanese abducted to the North by ...more

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Choe Myong-ho Choe Myong-ho is a North Korean footballer, who currently plays for Pyongyang City Sports Group.

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Ri Myong-jun FC Vestsjælland Ri Myong-jun is a Korean footballer who currently plays for Singhtarua in Thai Premier League.

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Mun In-guk April 25 Mun In-Guk is a North Korean international football player. Mun has made 22 appearances for the Korea DPR national football team in FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.

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Kim Kuk-jin Kim Kuk-Jin is a North Korean international football player. He last played for FC Wil in Switzerland.