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FOR THE RECORD
December 26, 2011
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December 26, 2011

For The Record

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Of a heart attack at age 69, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (left), whose sports prowess, as documented by official state media, often stretched the bounds of the imagination. According to the North Korean Ministry of Information, Kim shot 38 under par, including 11 holes in one, in his first golf outing. (As he aged, he was said to have only shot three or four aces per round.) His first attempt at bowling also reportedly yielded a 300. When not participating in sports, Kim was active with his country's national teams. During the 2010 World Cup, North Korean manager Kim Jong-hun said that he received "tactical advice during matches" from the supreme leader using an invisible cellphone that Kim Jong-il himself had invented.

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