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YOO Byung Hoon
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthPyeongtaek, KOR
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Kwon Sun-Young
Residence
Gumi, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1994, and began competing in wheelchair races in 2002.
Why this sport?
He initially played wheelchair basketball, but switched to Para athletics after watching a wheelchair marathon. His ambition was to compete at the Paralympic Games. "I was fascinated by the sport."
Club / Team
Gyeongsangbuk-do Para Sports Association: Korea
Name of coach
Kim Sang-Hyeon, KOR
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Korea
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Busan, KOR
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T53-54 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and claiming bronze in the T53 800m at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Apr 2021; webzine.koreanpc.kr, 27 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He injured his right shoulder before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He underwent surgery once the event had finished. (stnsports.co.kr, 27 Feb 2013; culturenori.tistory.com, 25 Jul 2012)

He required an operation after sustaining injuries to his left shoulder in February 2011. Doctors initially thought he would need a six-month recovery period, but he returned to the sport three months earlier than expected. (sportschosun.com, 03 Sep 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do not forget your original intention." (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2019 National Para Athletics Championships in the Republic of Korea. (ablenews.co.kr, 26 Jun 2019)

He was a torch bearer during the Paralympic torch relay for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (tk.newdaily.co.kr, 04 Mar 2018)

He was presented with the Beakma Medal at the 2010 Korea Athletics Awards Ceremony. (mcst.go.kr, 14 Oct 2010)

He was named Best Para Athlete at the 2006 National Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (culturenori.tistory.com, 25 Jul 2012)
Other sports
He has represented the Republic of Korea in wheelchair basketball at international competitions. He has also competed in Para cross-country skiing at national level. (chosun.com, 27 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (webzine.koreanpc.kr, 27 Mar 2021)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio. He was diagnosed with the illness at age four. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; sportschosun.com, 03 Sep 2011)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in leisure and sports studies at the Korea National Sport University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (Facebook profile, 23 Jan 2021; webzine.koreanpc.kr, 27 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54  
4 2008 400m T53 49.84
4 2008 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
7 2008 800m T53 1:37.80
27 2008 1500m T54  DNS
6 2012 400m T53 51.30
5 2012 800m T53 1:42.44
Round 1 2012 200m T53 27.32
4 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:13.82
Round 1 2016 100m T53 15.86
Round 1 2016 400m T53  DSQ
Round 1 2016 800m T53 1:44.14
4 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
7 2021 400m T53 50.02
10 2021 100m T53 15.37
9 2021 800m T53 1:41.55
14 2021 Marathon T54 1:41:44
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
23 2006 400m T53  DNS
Semifinal 2006 1500m T54 3:31.76
10 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 1:01.29
3 2011 800m T53 1:43.20
3 2011 400m T53 51.31
2 2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:25.99
Semifinal 2013 400m T53 51.52
5 2013 800m T53 1:44.50
Semifinal 2013 200m T53 27.75
3 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:15.21
5 2017 200m T53 26.34
4 2017 400m T53 49.65
4 2017 800m T53 1:43.09
8 2017 100m T53 15.56
7 2019 100m T53 15.30
4 2019 400m T53 49.63
3 2019 800m T53 1:41.53
Asian Para Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m T53 15.98
3 2014 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:17.22
2 2014 800m T53 1:45.34
2 2014 400m T53 50.10
2 2018 800m T53 1:43.77
2 2018 100m T53 15.57
8 2018 1500m T53/54  DNS