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Jinho Park - Rio 2016

Jinho Park

Shooting

Jinho Park starred in his home 2018 World Championships in Cheongju. He reached the top three in three separate medal events, keeping the home fans on the edge of their seats. To their dismay, he fell short twice of the gold medal. But his two silvers and bronze-medal performances displayed the successful revival of a career that seemed finished after a disappointing showing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Park had secured a quota place for South Korea for Rio 2016 via the 2014 Worlds. That year was his best on record, winning 10 medals across his first Worlds, and at the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. Park smashed two world records and won five medals in individual and team events at the Worlds. He also claimed five medals, including three golds, at Incheon 2014.

He came into his first Paralympic Games in Rio with high expectations. But he left empty-handed.

Slovakia’s great Veronika Vadovicova claimed two golds whilst Park agonised at just missing out on the podium in R6 (mixed 50 rifle prone) with fourth. He did however set a Paralympic record in R1 (men's 10m air rifle standing SH1) as small consolation.

At the 2017 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, Park showed his intent to not make the same mistake. He won the R1 and R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) events, and bronze in the R7 (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions). It was his last competition before his home Worlds in Cheongju the following year, where he fought to make the top three in all those events.

Later in 2018, Park returned to action at the Asian Para Games in Indonesia, where he captured R7 silver.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Family
Wife Yang Yeon-Ju
Residence
Cheongju, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Suwon: Korea

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting Para sport at the end of 2004.
Why this sport?
A doctor suggested Para sports to him during his rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Chungju City Office: Korea
Name of coach
Jang Sung-Won [club], KOR

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Korea

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 at the 2014 World Championships in Suhl, Germany. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2014)
Most influential person in career
His wife, and coach Kang Hyun-Muk. (paralympic.org, 07 May 2018; yonhapnews.co.kr, 30 Aug 2016; Athlete, 17 Dec 2014)
Hero / Idol
Swedish Para shooter Jonas Jacobsson. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Use all your effort for each shot." (Athlete, 17 Dec 2014)
Awards and honours
He was given a Special Male Athlete Award at the 2015 Sogang Athletics Award Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (ablenews.co.kr, 11 Feb 2015)

He received the Best Para Athlete Award at the 2015 Chungcheongbuk-do Para-Sports Council Award Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (newsis.com, 09 Jan 2015)
Famous relatives
His wife Yang Yeon-Ju competed in shooting Para sport at the 2018 National Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (38thnational.koreanpc.kr, 28 Oct 2018)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a fall in 2002. (news.donga.com, 14 Dec 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team R1 - Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2014-07-19 1
Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2014-07-19 1
Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Final 2014-07-19 5
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 3
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Final 2014-07-21 1
Team R7 - Men's 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 Qualification 2014-07-25 1
Men's 50m Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Qualification 2014-07-25 3
Men's 50m Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Final 2014-07-25 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R1 - Men's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2016-09-08 1
R1 - Men's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-10 3
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
R7 - Men's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
R7 - Men's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2016-09-12 5
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 3
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 1
Team R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 4
R7 - Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final 2018-05-05 2
R7 - Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 2
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Final 2018-05-05 3
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 1
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 10
R1 - Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Final 2018-05-05 2
R1 - Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 1
Team R7 - Men's 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 1