Hwang Sun-woo “Doha World Championships next year, 0.01 seconds left for new Asian target”
It’s been a tongue-in-cheek year for South Korean swimmers, especially Hwang Sun-woo (21-Gangwon Provincial Office).
The year began with two training camps in Australia, followed by the national team selection in March, the Gwangju Swimming Championships in June, the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka in July, the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September and the National Games in October.
Even with depleted stamina, Hwang proved that he is unbeatable in the 200-meter freestyle.
Hwang won the men’s 200-meter freestyle final with a time of 1 minute, 45.68 seconds at the 2024 Swimming (Management) National Team Trials at Gimcheon Indoor Pool in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, on Sunday.
He easily met the International Swimming Federation’s A record in the men’s 200-meter freestyle (1:47.06) and secured a spot at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, next February.
After the race, Hwang Sun-woo said, “First of all, I got a time in the mid-1:45s, which is not bad. “My brothers, who competed in the 200 meters, also did well in the off-season, so I’m looking forward to next year’s World Championships and the 800 meters at the Olympics,” he said.
Kim Woo-min (Gangwon-do) was second in 1:46.06 and Lee Ho-joon (Daegu Metropolitan City) was third in 1:46.07.
Lee Yoo-yeon (Goyang City Hall) finished fourth in 1:48.04, returning to the Korean men’s 800-meter freestyle relay after a two-year absence.
“All the athletes at the trials said that it was very difficult for them because they had just finished the Asian Games and the National Championships and they had to compete again,” said Hwang Sun-woo, “but they prepared well for next year’s 안전카지노사이트 World Championships, so it was a good result.
In the 200-meter freestyle, three swimmers – Hwang Sun-woo, Kim Woo-min and Lee Ho-joon – broke the International Swimming Federation’s A time.
Only the top two swimmers who meet the A time qualify for the World Championships.
“I feel that the 200-meter freestyle has improved a lot with three swimmers breaking the A record, and if we do our best in our respective positions, good results will come,” said Hwang.
“The 200-meter freestyle is really competitive now, so I feel like I need to stay focused and work hard without letting go of any nerves,” he added.
Hwang is aiming for a third consecutive medal and an Asian record at the Doha World Championships.
After breaking the Korean record in 1:44.47 to take silver in Budapest in 2022, Hwang broke another Korean record in 1:44.42 to take bronze in Fukuoka this year.
Hwang’s Korean record in the 200-meter freestyle, set in the final of the Hangzhou Asian Games, is 1:44.40, close to the Asian record of 1:44.39 set by Sun Yang (CHN) in 2017.
“I’m 0.01 seconds away from the Asian record, and my first goal (in Doha) is to break it,” Hwang said.
A first World Championships medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay is also in sight.
The current Korean record is 7:01.73, set by Hwang Sun-woo, Kim Woo-min, Lee Ho-joon and Yang Jae-hoon at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Hwang Sun-woo said, “Our time in Hangzhou was surprising to us, but we can improve on it if we look at our individual times. We hope to use the Doha Games next year as a springboard to break into the top six in the relay at the Paris Olympics.” 카지노사이트