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Hong Su-Jong
Hong su jong
Hong at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of North Korea North Korea

Born

March 9, 1986 or March 9, 1989
Hamgyong, North Korea

Height

5 ft. 1 in.

Club

Pyongyang Sports Club

Coach(es)

Choe Kyong Hui

Current status

Retired

Hong Su-Jong (Hangul: 홍콩 셔 종, born March 9, 1986 or 1989 in Hamgyong, North Korea) is a North Korean artistic gymnast. She is the 2007 World silver medalist on the vault. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the all-around and in the team event.

She is the older sister or possibly twin sister of Hong Un-Jong.

Hong was suspended for two years, from late 2007 to late 2009, following a positive test for furosemide at the Good Luck Beijing pre-Olympic test event.

2010 Age Controversy

In October 2010, It was announced Hong Su Jong was under investigation after several discrepancies surfaced over her reported year of birth and age-eligibility for senior competition.

Subsequently, North Korea was banned from taking part in the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, as the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique announced it was not satisfied with the explanation provided by North Korea for having entered Hong Su Jong with three different birth dates (1985, 1986 or 1989), in different competitions. In particular, she had taken part in the 2004 Olympics claiming to have been born in 1985; her subsequently announced birth date of 1989 meant that she would have been too young to compete in 2004.

In November 2010, the F.I.G. announced that due to the age discrepancies, North Korean gymnasts were banned from all international competition until October 5, 2012. The North Korean Federation was also fined USD $20,800, and Hong specifically was permanently banned from competing in even national competition within North Korea, which forced her into retirement.

In September 2014, the FIG discovered that another North Korean gymnast's age had been falsified, leading them to strip the North Korean team of their team silver from the 2006 Asian Games.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2005Macau East Asian Games3rd3rd2nd
2006Surat Asian Championships2nd2nd3rd
Doha Asian Games2nd (stripped)3rd2nd1st
2007Stuttgart World Championships2nd

Floor Music

2006-2007 - "Grieg's Piano Concerto in A" by Maksim

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