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Byunghoon Yoo

Athletics
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Biography

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 1993, 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 Sports Association for the Disabled: Korea

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 T54 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. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Apr 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; webzine.koreanpc.kr, 27 Mar 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)
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 9999
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 3
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 5
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 9999
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 3
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Heat 2 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 9999
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 3 5
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 7
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 3
Men's 4x400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-24 1
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-27 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final 2011-01-28 3
Men's 4x400 m T54 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-02 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-07 5
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2012-09-08 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 10
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-22 5
Men's 800 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 5
Men's 200 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 11
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-27 4
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-09 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2016-09-10 9999
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-14 4
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-17 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-16 5
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-16 6
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-18 2
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-18 4
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-19 8
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-20 4
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 8
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-23 7