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Sohn Kee-chung

1912 - 2002

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Sohn Kee-chung (Korean: 손기정; Korean pronunciation: [son.kidʑʌŋ]; August 29, 1912 – November 15, 2002) was an Olympic athlete and long-distance runner. He became the first ethnic Korean to win a medal at the Olympic Games, winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was born in the Korean Peninsula, but he competed as a member of the Japanese delegation because Korea was under Japanese occupation at the time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sohn Kee-chung has received more than 217,233 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Sohn Kee-chung is the 34th most popular athlete (down from 25th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from North Korea (down from 30th in 2019) and the most popular North Korean Athlete.

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Among athletes, Sohn Kee-chung ranks 34 out of 3,059Before him are Marita Koch, Larry Scott, Dorando Pietri, Al Oerter, Frank Zane, and Ben Johnson. After him are Shizo Kanakuri, Vasily Alekseyev, Coroebus of Elis, Ivan Patzaichin, Tommie Smith, and Mark Phillips.

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Among people born in 1912, Sohn Kee-chung ranks 84Before him are A. E. van Vogt, Lady Bird Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Chaïm Perelman, Arne Næss, and Richard Brooks. After him are Hugh Griffith, Jacques Ellul, Shoichi Nishimura, Perry Como, Philibert Tsiranana, and Jean Améry. Among people deceased in 2002, Sohn Kee-chung ranks 62Before him are Song Hye-rim, Humaira Begum, Joe Strummer, Mauro Ramos, Agatha Barbara, and Pierre Werner. After him are Hugo Banzer, Abba Eban, Joaquín Balaguer, Aileen Wuornos, Infanta Beatriz of Spain, and François Périer.

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In North Korea

Among people born in North Korea, Sohn Kee-chung ranks 44 out of 146Before him are Hwang Jang-yop (1923), Kim Jong-nam (1971), Kim Yong-sik (1910), Kang Pan-sok (1892), Youn Yuh-jung (1947), and Kim Kyong-hui (1946). After him are Eulji Mundeok (550), Dongcheon of Goguryeo (209), Mobon of Goguryeo (30), Choi Hong Hi (1918), Sukjong of Goryeo (1054), and Gogukcheon of Goguryeo (150).

Among ATHLETES In North Korea

Among athletes born in North Korea, Sohn Kee-chung ranks 1After him are Choe Chol-su (1969), Om Yun-chol (1991), Kim Un-guk (1988), Pak Hyon-suk (1985), and Rim Jong-sim (1993).