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KIM Ji-Yeon
NOC Korea   
Born 12 Mar 1988 in Busan, KOR
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Lee Dong-Jin
Occupation Athlete
Languages Korean
Higher education Health Studies, Sport Studies - Wonkwang University : Iksan, KOR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing when she was a middle school student in Busan, Republic of Korea.
Why this sport? Her physical education teacher in middle school encouraged her to try fencing.
Club / Team Iksan City Hall: Korea
Name of coach Lee Su-Geun [club], KOR; Han Joo-Yeol [national], KOR
Handedness Left
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the individual sabre at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 04 Oct 2015)
Injuries She sustained injuries to her pelvis in 2015. She was troubled by the injury again during her semifinal bout at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (, 19 Apr 2018;, 14 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't give up. Knock on the right doors. You can always get to where you want to be." (, 31 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours She carried the Olympic torch during the relay ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 20 Dec 2017)

In 2016 she was given an Excellence Award by the Korean Fencing Federation. (, 20 Dec 2016)

She received the Best Athletic Award at the 2013 Jeonbuk Athletic Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (, 23 Dec 2013)

In 2012 she was given the Yungok Women's Sports Award. (, 10 Dec 2012)

She was named the 2011 Fencer of the Year by the Korean Fencing Federation. (, 14 Feb 2012)
Milestones She became the first female fencer representing the Republic of Korea to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed victory in individual sabre at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jun 2018;, 16 May 2013)
Famous relatives Her husband Lee Dong-Jin has worked as an actor in the Republic of Korea. (Lee Dong-Jin Instagram profile, 29 May 2019;, 22 Sep 2017)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 14 Oct 2018)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 Final 5-6 Team Sabre Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 1 Individual Sabre London, England
World Championships
2018 3 Team Sabre Wuxi, China
2017 2 Team Sabre Leipzig, Germany
2013 3 Individual Sabre Budapest, Hungary
Asian Championships
2019 2 Team Sabre Tokyo, Japan
2019 3 Individual Sabre Tokyo, Japan
2018 1 Individual Sabre Bangkok, Thailand
2018 2 Team Sabre Bangkok, Thailand
2017 1 Individual Sabre Hong Kong, China
2017 2 Team Sabre Hong Kong, China
2016 3 Individual Sabre Wuxi, China
2015 1 Team Sabre Singapore, Singapore
2015 3 Individual Sabre Singapore, Singapore
2014 1 Individual Sabre Suwon, Korea
2013 1 Individual Sabre Shanghai, China
2011 1 Team Sabre Seoul, Korea
2011 5 Individual Sabre Seoul, Korea