North Korea


North Korea made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1972 and has competed ever since with the exceptions of 1984 where it participated in the Soviet Union led boycott and 1988 where it boycotted the games. The nation sends a medium-sized delegation with 2-5 dozen athletes competing in a variety of sports, including, athletics, boxing, judo, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling.

North Korea has won at least one medal at each Summer Olympics it has participated in. In total the nation has won 54 medals across 8 sports. The most successful sports are weightlifting (17), wrestling (10), boxing (8) and judo (8). The most successful athlete is judoka Kye Sun-hui whom won three medals at three Olympics in three different weight classes. In 1996 she won gold in women’s -48kg, in 2000 she won bronze in women’s -52kg and in 2004 she won silver in women’s -57kg. In 2016 North Korea won 7 medals.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Individual Pak Yong-won
Women’s Individual Kang Un-ju
Mixed Team Kang Un-ju
Pak Yong-won


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Marathon Ri Kang-bom

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Marathon Ri Kwang-ok
Jo Un-ok
Kim Ji-hyang