Hwang Sun-woo (19, Gangwon Provincial Office) succeeded in winning the 200m freestyle 200m in a row at the World Aquatics Championships (short course, 25m pool).
Hwang Seon-woo was the first to hit the touchpad in the men’s 200m freestyle final on the final day of the event held in Melbourne, Australia on the 18th with a time of 1:39:72. In the final of the 800m relay on the 16th, she broke her previous Asian record (1:40:99) by 1 second and 27 seconds in two days as Korea’s first swimmer. In the team event of swimming, the record of the first swimmer is recognized as the individual record of the same distance. Prior to Hwang Seon-woo, the previous Asian record was 1:41:03 set by Park Tae-hwan at the 2016 World Championships. Hwang Seon-woo won his first gold medal in a major tournament with a record of 1:41:60 at the 15th event held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December last year.스포츠토토
Hwang Seon-woo’s record of 1:39.72 in the 200m short course was shortened by more than one second from Lithuania’s Danas Lapsis’ record (1:40.95). It is only 0.35 seconds behind the current world record (1:39:37) set by Paul Biedermann of Germany in a full body swimsuit in 2009.
In the preliminaries held this morning, Hwang Seon-woo advanced to the final by placing 8th (1:42:44) out of 48 contestants. He was assigned lane 8 as his qualifying time was the furthest behind. Since it is the outermost along with lane 1, it is unfavorable to observe other players’ races. However, Hwang Seon-woo took first place with an overwhelming performance. After he passed the 100m in second place (48.88), he sprinted to the lead for the rest of the segment. Hwang Seon-woo comfortably beat David Popovic (1:40:79) of Romania, who placed second, and Tom Dean (1:40:86) of England, who placed third. Popovich (18) is a strong player who reached the top of the 100m and 200m freestyle at the Long Course (50m) World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary last June. At that time, in the 200m, he pushed Hwang Seon-woo to second place and took first place. Tom Dean (22) is a gold medalist in the 200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics last year. Hwang Sun-woo finished fifth in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 200m at the Tokyo Olympics last year. The Olympics are held in a 50m long pool. The short course world championships are mainly attended by athletes to check the intermediate performance of winter training.