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CHO Won-Sang
Sport Para swimming
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthSuwon, KOR
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Residence
Suwon, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Sports and Recreation Studies - Jungwon University: Korea
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000 at the Central Christian Academy in the Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
His parents made him learn to swim as a way of improving his concentration. A teacher noticed his talent for the sport and encouraged him to pursue it further.
Club / Team
Suwon Disabled Sport Association: Korea
Name of coach
Seon Chang-Yong [national], KOR
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Korea
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S14 200m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, claiming bronze in the S14 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal , QC, Canada, and triumphing in the SM14 200m individual medley at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His physical education teacher Lee Eun-Ho, and president of the Korean Paralympic Committee Lee Myung-Ho. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; sports.chosun.com, 09 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He sustained shoulder injuries at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He injured his shoulder again in February 2015. (kyeonggi.com, 11 Feb 2015; kyeonggi.com, 24 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If we do all the best, our dreams will come true." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Maengho Medal, the second highest order of sport merit given by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Republic of Korea. (sports.chosun.com, 14 Oct 2018)

In 2014 he was presented with a Medal of Merit by the Suwon Para Sports Association in the Republic of Korea. (kihoilbo.co.kr, 15 Dec 2014)

He received a Best Para Athlete Award at the 2011 National Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (icsrd.or.kr, 21 Oct 2011)
Other sports
He has represented the Republic of Korea in Para cross-country skiing, winning a gold medal at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (news.chosun.com, 14 Mar 2017; kyeonggi.com, 11 Feb 2015, 16 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with an intellectual impairment at age five. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 200m Freestyle S14 1:59.93
7 2016 100m Backstroke S14 1:05.66
7 2016 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.83 
Heats 2016 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:15.87
4 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.76 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 200m Freestyle S14 1:59.86
Heats 2015 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:13.04
5 2015 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.35
5 2015 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.69
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S14 1:07.93
2 2017 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:21.73
1 2017 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.66
2 2017 100m Butterfly S14 1:01.27
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.79
5 2014 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:13.52
4 2014 100m Backstroke S14 1:05.89
1 2014 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.37
2 2018 200m Freestyle S14 1:59.40
3 2018 100m Butterfly S14 58.86
5 2018 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.65