February 07, 2023
KCNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN)

From Ordinary to a Guinness World Record

Date: 03/12/2022 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN) | Read original version at source

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The 27 th World Memory Championship was held in Hong Kong, China in 2018 where a girl took the 1 st place in the events of face and name memory, and a 15-minute random word memory. And she was awarded with the prize of International Grand Master of Memory which is the top prize of the championship. She put to her memory a record high 302 random words in 15 minutes. Thus she was honored to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The girl’s name is Ri Song Mi, born and grown in the Rason city located in the northern tip of our country.

Since her childhood, she used to arouse the admiration of the people with her outstanding memory.

It was the grateful socialist education system of our country which made it possible for the young girl, full of dreams and hopes, to learn to her heart’s content.

Even an ordinary girl from Rason, an ardent lover of learning, was able to enter the Kim Hyong Jik University of Education in the capital city of Pyongyang thanks to the benefits of socialist education system of our country which picks out anyone who excels others in talent or gift, and lets his or her dream come into full bloom.

Her neighbors, not to speak of her parents, were surprised and envied her at the news of her entrance to the university. On the day of her departure, they sent her off in delightful tears and told her to make the hometown proud by studying hard.

Owing to her special gifts, Song Mi was able to take part in quick reading club within 2 months and continued her pursuit of knowledge under the scientific guidance of the tutor in charge.

She underwent the quick reading training which required a high level of concentration and sharp reasoning ability at an unimaginable scope and detail, but there were also moments of waver being unable to get the knack.

In such moments, she used to discipline herself again, just remembering the faces of her hometown people who asked her to bring them good news.

Under the assistance of her tutor, Song Mi made a phased plan to cultivate her imaginative abilities, a turning point in quick reading, and increased her training intensity. Her quick reading ability grew with the day and she was able to take 1 st places in a number of national memory contests.

But she did not rest on her laurels. She set an ambitious goal of winning in the global arena at any cost, and devoted herself to training.

Her efforts finally bore fruits. She set a new world record by outshining numerous competitors who boasted of their memory. Thus she came to be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

When asked about the secret of her victory, she answered as follows;

There were also hard times for me during the Championship requiring a high level of mental strength. At such moments, I braced myself, looking back with deep emotion on the warm love of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un who provided new houses with all the people on the same day, who had lost their homes due to the aftereffects of flood in Rason. That became the source of my mental strength which led to the victory.

As Song Mi said, the prize of International Grand Master of Memory awarded to her was not just an outcome of her dreams and gifted talent.

It was a precious fruit borne thanks to the love of our grateful socialist motherland, the fervent love for the posterity cherished by the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un who picks out numerous talented children born and raised on this land to fully display their talents.

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