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HONG Suk-Man
Sport Para athletics
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age46
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Ji-Min
Residence
Seoul, KOR
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Computer Engineering - Jeju International University: Korea
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1995.
Why this sport?
He wanted to take up an individual sport, and he liked Para athletics because he could do it anywhere.
Club / Team
Jeju Sports Association for the Impaired: Korea
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Korea
Location
Bangkok, THA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F53 400m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (nise.go.kr, 2015)
Injuries
In 2008 he sustained injuries to his shoulder and elbow during training for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He recovered to win three bronze and one gold medal at the Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Oct 2019; sportsseoul.com, 11 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete at the 2014 National Championships in the Republic of Korea. (jemin.com, 23 Jun 2014)

He was chosen as a torch bearer for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (thefirstmedia.tistory.com, 29 Jul 2014)

In 2011 he was presented with the Cheongryong Medal by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the Republic of Korea. (jejusori.net, 10 Nov 2014)

In 2005 he was presented with the Maengho Medal by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the Republic of Korea. (purme.org, 21 Oct 2008)

In 2004 he received the Best Athlete of the Year Award at the Para Sports Awards in the Republic of Korea. (purme.org, 21 Oct 2008)

In 1993 he was given the President's Citation Award in the Republic of Korea. (purme.org, 21 Oct 2008)
Impairment
The impairment to his lower limbs is a result of polio. He was diagnosed with the illness at age three. (news.donga.com, 03 Sep 2016; thefirstmedia.tistory.com, 29 Jul 2014)
Other information
EDUCATION
He completed a master's degree in Sports Coaching and a doctor's degree in Developmental / Adapted Physical Education at Korea National Sport University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (Facebook profile, 05 Oct 2019; jejuilbo.net, 01 Oct 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he became the first Korean Para athlete to be named a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athletes' Council. He has also served a member of the Athletes' Committee for the Korean Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 10 Jul 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 23 May 2017; Facebook profile, 19 Aug 2016)

RETURN
He quit the sport for two years after he was not included in the national team for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. When he was working at the Seogwipo Community Rehabilitation Centre in 2002, he was offered to return to competitive action for the 2002 Asian Para Games in Busan, the Republic of Korea by the Korea Paralympic Committee. "For me, the toughest moment in my life was when I didn't get called up by the national team for the 2000 Games. Afterwards I stopped training. Actually I wasn't able to resume training at that time." (purme.org, 21 Oct 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 100m T53 15.04 
1 2004 200m T53 26.31 
2 2004 400m T53 50.05 
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54  
1 2008 400m T53 47.67
3 2008 200m T53 26.87
4 2008 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
3 2008 800m T53 1:37.45
9 2012 5000m T54 11:10.23
Round 1 2012 1500m T54 3:19.72
Round 1 2012 800m T54 1:39.88
4 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:13.82
19 2012 Marathon T54 1:39:41
9 2016 5000m T54 11:03.78
9 2016 1500m T54 3:02.21
Round 1 2016 800m T54 1:37.97
4 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
  2016 Marathon T54  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 100m T53 15.34
3 2006 200m T53 27.05
20 2006 400m T53  DNS
10 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 1:01.29
9 2011 800m T54 1:41.14
10 2011 200m T54 26.87
8 2011 400m T54  DSQ
2 2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:25.99
4 2013 800m T54 1:39.36
Semifinal 2013 5000m T54 10:59.29
10 2013 1500m T54 3:17.24
3 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:15.21
  2013 Marathon T54  DNF
11 2017 1500m T54 3:11.67
8 2017 400m T54 48.42
12 2017 800m T54 1:38.01
Asian Para Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 400m T54 49.05
4 2014 5000m T54 10:29.22
3 2014 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:17.22
8 2014 800m T54  DNF
3 2014 1500m T54 3:06.84