The 28th World Memory Championships took place in Wuhan, China, in December last year, drawing over 500 contestants from 40 odd countries and regions.
It was the second participation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the championships, and its contestants competed in the adult group. They were Kim Su Rim and Ri Song Mi of Kim Hyong Jik University of Education, Jon Kum Phyong and Kim Ju Song of Kim Chaek University of Technology and Ryu Song I and Jon Yu Jong of Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies.
From the first day of the championships, they broke world records, stunning their rivals as well as jurors.
Ryu Song I renewed world records in three events and won seven gold medals in total. The DPRK students bagged eleven golds, eight silvers and nine bronzes, thus taking the first place in the country standings. And they were all awarded the International Grand Master of Memory, the top prize of the World Memory Championships.
Chief arbiter of the World Memory Sports Council said: It is really beyond imagination. The DPRK established the best record in the championships as all their six contestants won the title of International Grand Master of Memory. The world must look into the education of the DPRK.
In the DPRK, where there is a well-established system of super speed reading education in middle schools No. 1 and universities and national SSR contests are held every year, people are eager to master the SSR methods and adopt them in their work.