Summer Olympics 2012 | London, United Kingdom | July 27-August 12

NKorean Olympians return home to heroes' welcome

Updated August 16, 2012

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) Thousands of North Koreans have turned out with cheers and banners to welcome their country's Olympic medalists home from London.

North Korean athletes won four golds and two bronzes to finish 20th in the medals standing. It was the country's best performance since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The Olympians waved bouquets from a bus as they paraded through Pyongyang on Thursday before laying the flowers at the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. North Korean athletes routinely credit the country's leaders for strong performances.

Sports are hugely popular in North Korea, and its Olympic medalists are treated like heroes. Mun Un Ju told The Associated Press she followed the Summer Games avidly on TV and came with her family to wish the winners well.

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