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KWON Sanghyeon
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthMuju, KOR
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
His high school teacher recommended that he get involved in the sport as a way of losing weight.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Korea
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in Para biathlon at the 2016/17 World Cup event in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His middle school teacher Cho Sam-Hyun. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Korean Para triathlete Kim Hwang-Tae. (AbleUp YouTube channel, 28 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
He was a torch bearer for the relay of the 2018 National Para Games in Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea. (newsis.com, 08 Oct 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He has also competed in Para cycling at national level in the Republic of Korea. (jeollailbo.com, 20 Oct 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020; AbleUp YouTube channel, 28 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To finish in the top five at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to represent the Republic of Korea in Para cycling. (hani.co.kr, 31 Dec 2020; AbleUp YouTube channel, 28 Jan 2020)
Impairment
The impairment to his left arm is the result of a medical accident that occurred at birth. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; weekly.chosun.com, 10 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:17.2
12 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 46:34.0
9 2018 15km Individual - Standing 50:51.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
12 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 55:35.0
19 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 31:40.1
8 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:55.7