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Jo O-Ryeon

Full name: Jo O-Ryeon
Original name: 조 오련
Other name(s): Cho Oh-Ryun, Cho Oh-Yun
Nickname(s): The Asian Seal
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: October 5, 1952
Died: August 4, 2009 in Haenam, Jeollanam, South Korea
Country: KOR South Korea
Sport: Swimming

Biography

In addition to his Olympic performances Jo O-Ryeon won gold medals in the 400 and 1,500 freestyle events at the 1970 and 1974 Asian Games. He later practiced long-distance open-water swimming, swimming the Korean-Japanese Strait in 1980, and at the end of that year was awarded the Chreongryong Medal for his athletic feats. In 1982, he swam the English Channel, crossing from England-to-France in 9:35. In 2003 Jo served on the Korean Olympic Committee.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 6 h5 r1/2
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 4 h5 r1/2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Five 6 4:21.78

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Five 4 17:29.23
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