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US sending envoy to Pyongyang

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- An American envoy will soon travel to North Korea to re-open discussions about security and other issues, despite continued distrust of the Pyongyang regime, which President George W. Bush has labeled part of the "axis of evil," the White House said on We
RICHARD TOMKINS

Analysis: North Korea on capitalist path?

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Is North Korea following in China's footsteps by gradually introducing market forces into its economy? Less than three months after embracing unprecedented market reforms, the long-isolated communist state opened up one of its major cities to internationa
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the second of two wrap-ups for Sept. 11.

What U.S. newspapers are saying

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Koreas to build massive industrial park

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- North and South Korea moved towards closer economic cooperation Friday as they agreed on projects -- including a huge industrial park -- that officials and analysts in the south said would benefit both sides. The agreement, which coincides with new North
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Correspondent

What U.S. newspapers are saying

U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Think tanks wrap-up I

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the first of two wrap-ups for Aug. 7.

Analysis: The cost of unification-I

It has been an eventful month in Korea. The north and south rumps of an erstwhile unified Korea have agreed to reconvene, at North Korea's rare request, cabinet-level talks severed nearly a year ago.
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

What U.S. newspapers are saying

U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Analysis: N.Korea edges toward free market

SEOUL, July 25 (UPI) -- Is North Korea seeking a capitalist therapy to heal its economy ruined by decades-long mismanagement and rigid central planning? The communist state's propaganda machines are still touting triumphs of socialism despite "all sorts of tempests of history,"
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

A Blast from the Past

Today is July 8.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today is July 8.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is July 8.
By United Press International
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Kim Jong Il
China's state television shows footage of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body laying in state in Pyongyang December 20, 2011. China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, which analysts said will spur China's leaders to boost ties with Pyongyang to prevent instability. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Kim Jong-Il (sometimes spelled Kim Yong-Il to avoid confusion with the North Korean leader), born 11 September 1962, is a retired South Korean long jumper, best known for winning two gold medals at the Asian Games. He also competed in the Olympics twice, and was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics. His personal best jump was 8.00 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Seoul. After retiring as an active athlete, he turned to a career in coaching and academics.

Kim Jong-Il was born on 11 September 1962, and is a native of Jincheon. He became a member of the national track and field team in 1979, and first made his mark internationally by winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. His jump of 7.94 metres was the second best Asian Games result of all times, only behind T.C. Yohannan's winning jump of 8.07 metres in 1974. Kim beat second-placed Liu Yuhuang with a slim margin of five centimetres, and third-placed Junichi Usui with seven centimetres.

Two years later, Kim participated in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Entering the qualifying round at the long jump competition, where one would need to finish among the top twelve or achieve at least 7.90 metres to reach the final, Kim began his competition with a non-valid jump. His second jump measured 7.67 metres, in a head wind of 2.5 m/s, which was not enough to progress. However, with his final qualifying jump measuring 7.87 metres, he finished ninth in total, thus making it to the finals—together with fellow Asians Junichi Usui (8.02 m) and Liu Yuhuang (7.83 m). In the final round, Kim opened with jumps of 7.76 and 7.81 metres. The latter jump ranked him in eighth place, the threshold necessary to get a further three jumps after the first three. Failing to capitalize on this opportunity, with two jumps of 7.77 and 7.59 as well as two fouls he remained in eighth place. Nonetheless, he was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics.

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