HWANG YOUNG-CHO (1964) South Korea / Track and field
The winner of the marathon at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Hwang was the second South Korean to win the event over 42.195km. He was proud to be honoured dressed in the Korean team strip and to the Korean anthem, which had not been the case for countryman Sohn Kee-Chung in 1936. The latter had won the marathon for Japan, which had annexed Korea.This is the reason why, on returning from Barcelona, Hwang Young-cho was quick to put his medal around the old man's neck. "Now I can die without regret," the former champion who had lit the Olympic bowl at the1988 Seoul Olympic said.