Jo O-Ryeon

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJo•O-Ryeon
Used nameJo•O-Ryeon
Nick/petnamesThe Asian Seal
Name orderOriental
Original name조•오련
Other namesCho Oh-Ryun, Cho Oh-Yun
Born5 October 1952
Died4 August 2009 in Haenam (KOR)
Measurements172 cm / 62 kg
NOC Republic of Korea


In addition to his Olympic performances Jo O-Ryeon won gold medals in the 400 and 1,500 freestyle events at the 1970 and 1974 Asian Games. He later practiced long-distance open-water swimming, swimming the Korean-Japanese Strait in 1980, and at the end of that year was awarded the Chreongryong Medal for his athletic feats. In 1982, he swam the English Channel, crossing from England-to-France in 9:35. In 2003 Jo served on the Korean Olympic Committee.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) KOR Jo O-Ryeon
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 35
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 30

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