Hwang Young-cho

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Korean spelling
Hangeul 황영조
Hanja 黄永祚
Hwang Young-jo
Hwang Yŏngjo
Hwang Young-cho, 2015

Hwang Young-cho (born March 22, 1970 in Samcheok , South Korea ) is a South Korean marathon runner and Olympic champion .

In 1991 he celebrated his first successes with a third place in the Seoul International Marathon and victory in the Universiade marathon . The following year he finished second in the Beppu-Ōita marathon in 2:08:47 h and thus qualified for the marathon of the Olympic Games in Barcelona .

In this, he ensured after a slow first half together with the Japanese Kōichi Morishita for pace and sat with him at 33 km. After the two had fought a duel up to kilometer 40, Hwang ran out of the decisive lead on the last climb and won in 2:13:23 h with 22 seconds ahead of Morishita and 37 seconds ahead of third Stephan Freilang .

In 1994 he ran his personal best of 2:08:09 h as fourth in the Boston Marathon and won the Asian Games marathon in Hiroshima . In 1995 he finished second in the Chuncheon Marathon .

His coach was son Kee-chung , the marathon winner of the 1936 Olympic Games . In 1996, Hwang retired from competitive sports after injuries made it impossible for him to defend his Olympic title.

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