Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
Japan

Japan’s ‘forgotten’ Olympic gold medallist: Korean runner, peace activist Sohn Kee-chung

  • Marathon winner Sohn Kee-chung hung his head in ‘unbearable humiliation’ when presented with the gold for Japan at the Berlin Olympics in 1936
  • But he dedicated his later life to ‘Olympism’ and looked forward to a day when Japan and Korea could leave the past behind and make a fresh start, his son said

Topic |   Japan
Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
Sohn Kee-chung stands atop the podium with his head lowered after winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
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