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Son Gi-Jeong

Full name: Son Gi-Jeong
Original name: 손 기정
Other name(s): Kitei Son, 孫基禎, Sohn Kee-Chung
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: August 29, 1914 in Sinuiju, Sinuiju, North Korea
Died: November 15, 2002 in Daejeon, Daejeon, South Korea
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Son Gi-Jeong competed at the 1936 Olympics under the Japanese name Kitei Son, because Korea was then part of Japanese Empire. Also known by another Korean transliteration as Sohn Kee-Chong, he was the first Korean to win Olympic gold, finishing first in the 1936 Berlin Olympic marathon. Between 1933 and 1936, Son ran 12 marathons, winning 9 of them. On 3 November 1935 in Tokyo, Japan, Son set a world best in the marathon with a time of 2-26:42 and this record remained unbroken until Son’s own protégé [Seo Yun-Bok] won the 1947 Boston Marathon in 2-25:39. After finishing his sporting career, Son worked as an athletics coach in Korea, and later became the chairman of the Korean Sporting Association. He was honored at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when he was chosen to light the Olympic Torch at the Opening Ceremony.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-26:42 (1935).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics Men's Marathon Japan JPN 1 Gold OB

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics Japan Final Standings 1 OB 2-29:19.2
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