North Korea

History

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

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, North Korea withdrew from the 2020 Olympics.

Archery

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

Athletics

Men’s Events

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

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Marathon Over 3 Eligible Athletes Declined By NOC
Declined By NOC
Declined By NOC

Boxing

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Flyweight Pang Chol-mi Declined By NOC

Diving

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 10m Platform Kim Mi-rae Declined By NOC

Gymnastics

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Artistic Individual Events Kim Su-jon Declined By NOC

Shooting

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 10m Air Pistol Kim Song-guk Declined By NOC
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Jo Yong-suk Declined By NOC
Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol Eligible to Compete Declined By NOC

Table Tennis

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Singles From Team Quota Declined By NOC
From Team Quota Declined By NOC
Women’s Team Cha Hyo-sim
Kim Song-i
Kim Nam-hae
Pyon Song-gyong
Declined By NOC

Wrestling

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Freestyle -53kg Pak Yong-mi Declined By NOC
Women’s Freestyle -62kg Rim Jong-sim Declined By NOC