Suh Yun-bok, South Korean Olympic athlete, Died at 94


Suh Yun-bok was born on January 9, 1923 and died on June 27, 2017.

He was a South Korean athlete.

He was best known as the winner of the 1947 Boston Marathon.

Yun-bok won the race with a world best time of 2:25:39 under the coach Sohn Kee-chung, the Korean winner of the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Suh part in the Boston Marathon was financed by donations from servicemen in the United States Forces Korea.

Suh Yun-bok’s win was the first time a world best for the men’s marathon was set at the Boston Marathon.

His previous world best was set by his coach Sohn in Tokyo, Japan in 1935.

During 1948, one year after the Boston victory, Suh competed in the marathon at the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London.

Suh retired in 1949.

Suh Yun-bok passed away at 94 years old.