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Olympic shooting champ wins S. Korea's top amateur athlete award

South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh won the grand prize at the nation's amateur athlete awards ceremony Tuesday for his performance at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

At the annual Coca-Cola Sports Awards in Seoul, Jin was honored with the MVP Award. The award has been given to amateur athletes since 1995. Previous winners include marathoner Hwang Young-cho, figure skater Kim Yu-na and swimmer Park Tae-hwan.

Jin became the first shooter, man or woman, to win a single event at three Olympics in a row after he claimed the 50-meter pistol gold medal at the Rio Games last year. The 37-year-old also became the first South Korean athlete to win a gold medal at three consecutive Olympics, winter or summer.

Fencer Park Sang-young, who took the Rio Olympic gold medal in men's epee, and archer Chang Hye-jin, who claimed both women's individual and team events at the Rio Games, also received honors in the individual athlete category.

The South Korean national archery team won the best team award. At the Summer Games, the team comprised of six archers swept all four archery gold medals -- men's and women's team, and men's and women's individual -- for the first time in Olympic history. Moon Hyung-cheol, the head coach of the archery team, took the top coaching award.

Figure skating phenom Cha Jun-hwan, who recently won his first senior national title in the men's singles, and Kim So-hui, who topped the women's 49-kilogram taekwondo competition at the Rio Games, took the rookie of the year awards.

Cho Ki-sung, who claimed three gold medals in swimming at the Rio Paralympics, was named the disabled athlete of the year.

Ryu Seung-min, former Olympic table tennis champion, took the achievement award. The 34-year-old became the newest member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from South Korea last year after he was elected to the Olympic body's Athletes' Commission.

Ryu finished second in the voting by the athletes participating in the Rio Games. (Yonhap)

Steve Park  edt@koeapost.com

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