‘Korean Swimming Renaissance’ created by Seonwoo Hwang, Hojun Lee and Woomin Kim

Hwang Seon-woo (20, Gangwon-do Office) was not the only Korean athlete who competed in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2023 Fukuoka World Aquatics Championships.온라인카지노

Hwang Seon-woo in lane 3 and Lee Ho-jun in lane 7 (22, Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) swam together in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2023 World Swimming Championships held at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan on the 25th with the national flag engraved on their swimming caps.

It was not easy to send two world championship players to the same event, but Korean men’s swimming made a new history by putting two people in the final in the short distance freestyle.

This is the first time that Korean players have been on the final stage at the same time in not only freestyle but also all management individual events.

A total of 72 athletes competed in the men’s 200m freestyle at the Fukuoka Games. Two of the eight players in the finals were Korean players.

Unlike the past, when Park Tae-hwan lonely led the men’s swimming event in Korea, now ‘Hwang Seon-woo and the golden generation’ are creating a renaissance in Korean swimming.

In the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2023 World Championships, Hwang Seon-woo set a new Korean record of 1:44:42 and earned a bronze medal.

Although Lee Ho-jun failed to win a medal, he made it to the finals for the first time as an individual and finished 6th with a time of 1:46:04.

Signs of a ‘Leap from Fukuoka’ were visible even before the domestic selection.

Hwang Seon-woo (1:45:36), Lee Ho-jun (1:45:70), and Kim Woo-min (1:46:10, Gangwon-do Office) all passed the A record (1:47:06) of the International Swimming Federation in the men’s 200m freestyle at the 2023 Korea National Management Championship held in March this year.

This year was the first time that three Korean swimmers broke the A record of the International Swimming Federation in freestyle.

In one country, only two athletes can compete in a single event, so Kim Woo-min was unable to compete at the Fukuoka World Championships in the 200m freestyle.

Now, Korean men’s freestyle has international competitiveness to the extent that it is impossible to guarantee participation in the world championships even if it exceeds the A record of the International Swimming Federation.

Although he missed the opportunity to compete in the 200m, Kim Woo-min settled in the top 5 in the world by continuously breaking personal records in the 400m freestyle preliminaries (3:44:50) and the final (3:43:92).

Kim Woo-min, who finished sixth in last year’s Budapest competition with a time of 3:45:64, shortened his record by 1 second 72 in one year, raising his personal best ranking at the world championships to 5th.

Lee Ho-joon, who was eliminated from the preliminary round in 31st place in the men’s 200m freestyle at the 2019 Gwangju Games and failed to win the right to participate in the individual event at the Budapest Games last year, was named in the ‘Final 8’ in Fukuoka.

While keeping his promise with his junior Hwang Seon-woo, “Let’s advance to the final together,” he also directed a scene that will remain in the history of the Korean swimming management world championship challenge.

Of course, the player who still represents Korean swimming is Hwang Seon-woo.

Hwang Seon-woo succeeded in winning a medal at the World Championships for the second time in a row, which Park Tae-hwan did not achieve.

Hwang Sun-woo, who finished second in the men’s 200m freestyle in Budapest last year, also won a bronze medal in Fukuoka this time. His record was 0.05 seconds shorter than the Budapest meet (1:44:47).

Park Tae-hwan won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2007 Melbourne Games in Australia. However, at the 2009 competition in Rome, Italy, it was only a no medal. Park Tae-hwan again reached the top of the 400m freestyle at the 2011 Shanghai Games.

Hwang Seon-woo climbed the podium at the world championships held for two consecutive years due to the influence of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19).

Hwang Seon-woo, who finished the finals

With Lee Ho-jun and Kim Woo-min competing in the same era, Korean swimmers are also looking at world championship medals in the ‘team event’ that Hwang Seon-woo alone cannot achieve.

Last year in Budapest, Korean men’s swimming advanced to the world championship finals for the first time in the history of the 800m relay team event, and proudly took 6th place with a new Korean record of 7:06:93.

He is also aiming to win a medal in the 800m relay relay at the Fukuoka Games on the 28th.

Hwang Seon-woo said, “If you look at the individual records of the Korean relay members and the individual records of the Chinese members in the 200m freestyle, we are about 1.5 seconds behind the total of four people.”

Even if you fail to win a medal at the World Championships, you can regain your motivation by looking at the gold medal in the Asian Games.

Kim Woo-min said, “I am currently training in a good atmosphere with the 800m relay members. If this atmosphere continues and we rely on each other, we can achieve our goals, such as winning a gold medal in the Asian Games.”

Lee Ho-jun also confessed, “When I first heard that Korean swimmers were aiming for a gold medal in the 800m relay, the athletes were not convinced.” He said, “Possibilities arose as individuals developed and grew together as a team. It is true that Chinese athletes achieve good results, but in sports, extraordinary things happen,” aiming for the Asian Games gold medal.

Even personal growth is motivated by the ‘appearance of the golden generation’.

In the 200m freestyle preliminaries, Lee Ho-jun had a better record than Hwang Seon-woo. It means that there is a player in Korea who can give Hwang Seon-woo a good stimulus.

Of course, Lee Ho-jun also looks at Hwang Seon-woo and increases his speed.

Hwang Seon-woo and Lee Ho-jun were the only two Asian athletes to advance to the 200m freestyle final at this event.

At the Hangzhou Asian Games, a pleasant scene could be created where Hwang Seon-woo and Lee Ho-jun compete for gold and silver medals.

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