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GU Bon-Gil
NOC Korea   
GenderMen
Born 27 Apr 1989 in Daegu, KOR
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Park Eun-Joo
Residence Seoul, KOR
Occupation Athlete
Languages Korean
Higher education Physical Education - Dongeui University: Busan, KOR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 2002 in Daegu, Republic of Korea.
Why this sport? He was playing football with his friends when he was encouraged to take up the sport by a fencing coach at his middle school. He was included in the school's sabre team because it was short of members.
Club / Team Korea Sports Promotion Foundation: Jeonnam, KOR
Name of coach Kim Du-Hong [club], KOR; Kim Hyung-Yeol [national], KOR
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Gaming. (Instagram profile, 02 Feb 2020; isplus.live.joins.com, 25 Apr 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I don't eat food on the day of a competition and avoid water as much as possible because it feels like my body is getting heavier." (hankookilbo.com, 03 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "My style is 80% attack and 20% defence." (sports.news.naver.com, 14 May 2019)
Awards and honours In 2020 he was inducted into the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Hall of Fame. (Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2020; usafencing.org, 18 Sep 2020)

In 2019 he was presented with the Cheongryong [Blue Dragon] Medal, the highest Order of Sport Merit in the Republic of Korea. (sports.chosun.com, 15 Oct 2019)

He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (news.joins.com, 20 Jul 2016)
Milestones He was a member of the first Korean men's team to win an Olympic medal in fencing when he joined Jung-Hwan Kim, Eun-Seok Oh and Woo-Young Won to claim gold in team sabre at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 May 2021)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hankookilbo.com, 03 Jan 2020)
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 he featured in a Korean television programme titled 'Sporty Brothers'. "I had reached a peak in my sporting career, but realised that the fencing was only temporarily popular in my country when we won medals. Therefore I wanted to promote the sport and myself through this programme." (Echannel YouTube channel, 29 Apr 2021; enter.etoday.co.kr, 23 Apr 2021; Instagram profile, 18 Apr 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2014 he began studying at Kookmin University Graduate School of Sports Industry in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (UniK Naver blog, 04 Dec 2018)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 1 Team Sabre London, England
World Championships
2019 1 Team Sabre Budapest, Hungary
2018 1 Team Sabre Wuxi, China
2018 5 Individual Sabre Wuxi, China
2017 1 Team Sabre Leipzig, Germany
2017 2 Individual Sabre Leipzig, Germany
2015 Quarterfinal Individual Sabre Moscow, Russia
2014 2 Individual Sabre Kazan, Russia
2014 2 Team Sabre Kazan, Russia
2011 3 Individual Sabre Catania, Italy
2010 8 Team Sabre Paris, France
Asian Championships
2019 1 Team Sabre Tokyo, Japan
2019 7 Individual Sabre Tokyo, Japan
2018 1 Individual Sabre Bangkok, Thailand
2018 3 Team Sabre Bangkok, Thailand
2017 1 Individual Sabre Hong Kong, China
2017 1 Team Sabre Hong Kong, China
2016 5 Individual Sabre Wuxi, China
2015 1 Team Sabre Singapore, Singapore
2015 2 Individual Sabre Singapore, Singapore
2014 1 Individual Sabre Suwon, Korea
2013 1 Individual Sabre Shanghai, China
2012 1 Individual Sabre Wakayama, Japan
2011 1 Team Sabre Seoul, Korea
2011 2 Individual Sabre Seoul, Korea
2010 2 Team Sabre Seoul, Korea