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Medals for North Korea on home soil

Friday 11 September

Medals for North Korea on home soil

North Korea reached the final of both men's and women's team events at the Pyongyang Invitation tournament staged in early September 1985.

In the men's event they beat the U.S.S.R in the final but in the women's event they had to settle for silver, losing to China.

Further success did come their way. Cho Yong Ho beat compatriot Chu Jong Chol to reserve the top step of the men's singles podium, Li Bun Hui and Cho Yong Hui overcame China's Qi Baohua and Gao Jun to capture the women's doubles crown.

Meanwhile, an all North Korean mixed doubles final saw Hong Chol and Kim Jong Hui overcome Cho Yong Ho and Li Bun Hui.

Defeat for Qi Baohua in the doubles but success in the women's singles; she overcame Czechoslovakia's Marie Hrachova in the final.

Mixed doubles giold for North Korea; in the men's doubles it was victory for Japan, Hiroyuki Abe and Seiji Ono defeated Cho YongHo and Hong Chol in the final.

Qi Baohua later moved to Hong Kong and became better known as Chai Po Wa; Gao Jun emigrated to the United States and now very much guides the fortunes of Lily Zhang.

Photo Credit: Malcolm Anderson

Editor: Ian Marshall

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