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Boxing ace Ku Yong Jo

Date: 26/04/2021 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

Ku Yong Jo is one of the Olympic gold medalists remembered by the Korean people.

He surprised sports experts and fans with victory in the men's 54 kg boxing event of the 21st Olympic Games in 1976.

At that time, the French and British media reported that Ku from the DPRK trounced his opponent in thefinalmatch to become the first Asian gold medalist in the boxing event of the 1976 Olympic Games.

During his sporting career, he bagged over a dozen gold medals at international eventsincluding the 4th (1975), 5th (1976) and 9th (1980) international boxing tournaments forgolden belt and the 7th (1974) and 8th (1978) Asian Games, bringing honour to his country.

He was awarded the title of Merited Athlete in 1975 and became People's Athlete in1976.

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