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Nam Su-Il

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNam•Su-Il
Used nameNam•Su-Il
Name orderOriental
Original name남•수일
Other namesJuitsu Nan
Born26 June 1912 in Seoul (KOR)
Died24 May 1972
Measurements60 kg
NOC(s) Republic of Korea


In his youth, Nam Su-Il was active in running, gymnastics, soccer, and swimming, but it was weightlifting that would come to define his athletic life. He took up the sport in 1930 and eventually settled on the featherweight class, setting three world records in that discipline – two in the press and one in overall – between 1938 and 1940. During this time he was forced to compete under the Juitsu Nan for Japan due to the Japanese occupation for Korea. His greatest success in international tournaments came at the 1947 World Championships, where he won a silver medal behind Robert Higgins of the United States. Higgins was absent from the 1948 Summer Olympics, making Nam a strong contender for the Olympic title, but he ended up placing fourth at the Games. He continued to compete, and even made the Korean team for the 1952 Summer Olympics, but was past his peak by this point and finished 11th in a field of 22 competitors. Following his retirement from active competition, he worked as a weightlifting coach and served as the Executive Director of the South Korean Weightlifting Federation.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Featherweight, Men Olympic 4 Representing Republic of Korea    
1952 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Featherweight, Men Olympic 11 Representing Republic of Korea    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 92.5 AC