The Midas touch may be eluding Team GB, but for North Korea London 2012 is turning into a goldmine.
The performance of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with three golds and a bronze, rocketing them to fourth in the medal table, is the early shock of the Games.
In line with the wisdom of their former supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il, who said “Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now” 2012 is looking golden for DPRK.
While the USA, Russia and China are spending fortunes on global PR to ensure their predicted medal haul does not go unheralded, the unexpected golds in weightlifting and judo, is producing a flood of extra work for the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in their Oesong-dong offices.
Kim Chon Sok, Pyongyang’s Alastair Campbell, warned that “hostile forces had better try hard to get a correct understanding of the DPRK.”
With Kim Un Guk producing an Olympic record to take gold in 62 kg weightlifting, and Om Yun Choi triumphing in the 56kg category by becoming only the fifth man in record to lift triple his own body weight, the man from the ministry claim “evil minded foreign media” were predicting just one silver.
But with An Kum Ae’s gold in the 52 kg judo at the Excel, the telecommunications ministry men are alleged to have taken a break from overcrowding GPS signals from their southern neighbors, by sending out the cheering “good results of our sportspersons.”
The world’s media sound baffled. Two golds in Beijing, none in Athens and Sydney, and two in Atlanta, mean team CPRK were not on the early award radar. June Thomas from the US website Slate, asked “How on earth could a nation of starving slaves perform so well?”
Despite the Queen and James Bond provide inspiration in the opening ceremony, Great Britain are languish in 20th in the award table.
But North Korean Olympians appear to know the secret of their success. Kim Un Guk credited the influence of the nation’s relatively new leader, saying after the award ceremony “I won first place because the shining supreme commander Kim Jong Eun gave me power and courage.”
Similarly, Mr Om knew the politically right Olympic line. “My award is due to the warm love and consideration of General Kim Jong-il and comrade Kim Jong-un.”
London golds aside, Rio 2016 and the reintroduction of golf as an Olympic sport may previously be causing excitement at North Korea’s only golf course.
In 1994, picking up a golf club for the first time, the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il “officially” shot a 38-under par score, that included 11 holes in one. Tiger Woods beware.