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LEE In-Kook
Sport Para swimming
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthSeoul, KOR
Height1.89 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Residence
Ansan, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in his second year of primary school in Ansan, Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
His mother Bae Sook-Hee wanted him to overcome his fear of water, so she took him to a swimming centre.
Club / Team
Ansan Para Sports Association: Korea
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Korea
Location
Italy
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S14 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and setting a Paralympic record. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father Lee Kyung-Rae. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Actor and martial artist Bruce Lee. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do my best in order to become the best." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was a torch bearer during the relay for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (kyeonggi.com, 04 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he received a Cheongryong Medal, the highest order of sport merit by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Republic of Korea. (kyeonggi.com, 25 Oct 2017)

In 2015 he was presented with the President's Award by the Gyeonggi-Do Sports Association for the Disabled in the Republic of Korea. (gnews.gg.go.kr, 31 Dec 2015)

In 2013 he received the Korean Talent Prize from the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity [KOFAC]. (kyeongin.com, 19 Dec 2013)

He received the Best Para Athlete Award at the 2013 Gyeonggi Athletes Grand Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (kgnews.co.kr, 10 Dec 2013)

In 2012 he was given the Best Para Athlete Award by the Ansan Para Sports Association in the Republic of Korea. (gnews.gg.go.kr, 30 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete in at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He wants to take up wushu after the 2020 Games. (skyedaily.com, 09 Jan 2018; kyeonggi.com, 25 Oct 2017)
Impairment
He has autism. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S14 1:03.32
Heats 2012 200m Freestyle S14 2:08.18
1 2016 100m Backstroke S14 59.82
12 2016 200m Freestyle S14 2:01.86 
14 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:22.56 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2013 200m Freestyle S14 2:03.92
2 2013 100m Backstroke S14 1:01.05
8 2015 200m Freestyle S14 2:05.18
2 2015 100m Backstroke S14 59.88
2 2017 200m Freestyle S14 2:03.18
Heats 2017 100m Backstroke S14  DSQ
1 2017 100m Butterfly S14 57.78
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S14 1:03.74
5 2019 100m Butterfly S14 58.59
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.22
1 2014 100m Backstroke S14 1:00.96
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:17.45