DPRK gymnast Hong Un Jong bagged a gold medal in the women’s vaulting horse event of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008.
In the final, she performed all the movements, from running to landing, dexterously on a high level to take the first place by earning the highest score of 15.650.
At that time, Chinese media reported that Hong Un Jong of the DPRK obtained an Olympic gold medal by defeating her Chinese rival, a hopeful, adding that she clearly proved the truth that ambition and efforts would surely bring success.
Hong snatched gold medals at the 45th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 3rd Asian Gymnastics Championship, the 25th and 27th Universiads, the 17th Asian Games, the 6th East Asian Games and the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup.
And she also proved triumphant at the 46th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 5th Asian Gymnastics Championship and the 15th Asian Games.
She was awarded the title of People’s Athlete in 2008.