Park Seong-Hyeon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full namePark•Seong-Hyeon
Used namePark•Seong-Hyeon
Name orderOriental
Original name박•성현
Other namesPark Sung-Hyun
Born1 January 1983 in Incheon (KOR)
Measurements170 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsChongbuk Provincial Government
NOC Republic of Korea

Biography

Park Seong-Hyeon (sometimes spelled Park Sung-Hyun) is possibly the best female archer of the first decade of the 21st century. First selected for the strong South Korean national team in 2001, she immediately won the world title in Beijing, while also taking a bronze with the team. Park would go on to win medals in all six World Championship events in which she competed, winning team world titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007, individual silver in 2003 and 2007, and bronze in 2005. Her Olympic appearance in Athens was close to flawless. After setting a new world record in the 72-arrow ranking round, she easily beat most of her opponents in the elimination rounds, although briefly falling behind Lee Seong-Jin in the final. She complemented her individual gold with a team title. Park was close to matching the performance at Beijing Olympics. Again seeding first due to a win in the ranking round, she again reached the final. Pitted against home favorite Zhang Juanjuan, she lost the gold by a single point, 109-110. Park was able to take revenge in the team event, beating the Chinese (including Zhang) in the final for her third Olympic gold. In addition to her Olympic and World Championship medals, the “Queen of Archery” has also won three golds in the Asian Games, two golds in Asian Championships, and two in the 2003 Universiade. Park retired after the Beijing Olympics, and married fellow archer and Olympian Park Gyeong-Mo in December 2008.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2004 Summer Olympics Archery KOR Park Seong-Hyeon
Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team, Women (Olympic) Republic of Korea 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Archery KOR Park Seong-Hyeon
Individual, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team, Women (Olympic) Republic of Korea 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony KOR Park Seong-Hyeon

Olympic family relations

Special Notes