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Un Guk Kim of DPR Korea lifts to make a world record while competing in the Men''s 62kg Weightlifting on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Kim lifts DPRK to London glory


24 Oct 2012
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea made a strong start at the London Olympics with several gold medals in the opening few days of competition, and Kim Un Guk was one of the reasons behind this golden beginning. The 23-year-old weightlifter from Pyongyang won the gold medal in the men's 62-kg division, setting a world record total of 327kg for the snatch (153kg) and clean and jerk (174kg) combined.

Along the way he tied the world record and set a new Olympic record of 153kg in the snatch, his favoured of the two lifts. Kim is an athlete at the April 25 Sports Club. He stands 1.58 metres and was among the favourites for gold in London after his performances in the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.

He was also second in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in 2010.Kim proved successful at local games, including the Sports Contest for the Mangyongdae Prize and national championships, and was selected as one of the ten best players in the country on two occasions, reported the Korean Central News Agency.

Kim has been named one of the OCA's 20 Sports Stars from London 2012 and he will receive his prize at the OCA Banquet in Macau, China, on November 8.
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