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Wonsang Cho

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Sports and Recreation Studies - Jungwon University: Korea

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000 at the Central Christian Academy in the Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
His parents made him learn to swim as a way of improving his concentration. A teacher noticed his talent for the sport and encouraged him to pursue it further.
Club / Team
Suwon Para Sports Association: Korea
Name of coach
Joo Gil Ho [national], KOR

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Korea

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S14 200m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, claiming bronze in the S14 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal , QC, Canada, and triumphing in the SM14 200m individual medley at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His physical education teacher Lee Eun-Ho, and former president of the Korean Paralympic Committee Lee Myung-Ho. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; sports.chosun.com, 09 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He sustained shoulder injuries at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He injured his shoulder again in February 2015. (kyeonggi.com, 11 Feb 2015; kyeonggi.com, 24 Oct 2014)

In 2011 he damaged a tendon in his shoulder. (DKNET YouTube channel, 15 Apr 2021; kyeongin.com, 26 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If we do all the best, our dreams will come true." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Maengho Medal, the second highest order of sport merit given by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the Republic of Korea. (sports.chosun.com, 14 Oct 2018)

In 2014 he was presented with a Medal of Merit by the Suwon Para Sports Association in the Republic of Korea. (kihoilbo.co.kr, 15 Dec 2014)

He received the Most Valuable Player [MVP] Award at the 2011 National Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (icsrd.or.kr, 21 Oct 2011)
Other sports
He has represented the Republic of Korea in Para cross-country skiing, winning a gold medal at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (news.chosun.com, 14 Mar 2017; kyeonggi.com, 11 Feb 2015, 16 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo before retiring from competition, and to become a coach. (koreatimestx.com, 19 Apr 2021; kyeongin.com, 26 Apr 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with an intellectual impairment at age five. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2012-09-02 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2013-08-12 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2015-07-13 11
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2015-07-15 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2015-07-19 15
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2016-09-14 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2016-09-17 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Heat 1 2017-12-07 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Final 1 2017-12-07 2