Hwang Seon-woo surpasses Park Tae-hwan, a new history of Korean swimming… world championship silver medal

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Hwang Seon-woo wins silver medal in 200m freestyle at World Championships
“A strategy based on the Tokyo Olympics experience, a valuable achievement”
“I will show you a better image by controlling my condition well”

Hwang Seon-woo wins silver medal at World Championships / Photo = Yonhap News

Hwang Seon-woo (19, Gangwon Provincial Office) wrote a new history of swimming in Korea. It surpassed the original ‘Marine Boy’ Park Tae-hwan (33) and recorded the best performance ever for a Korean player.

On the morning of the 21st (Korean time), Hwang Seon-woo won the silver medal by setting a new Korean record at 1:44.47 in the men’s 200m final at the 2022 International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Championships held at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Before Hwang Sun-woo, Romanian David Popovich took first place with a time of 1:43.21.

Park Tae-hwan won a gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle at the 2007 Melbourne Games in Australia and a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. After that, he broke the golden waters again in the 400m freestyle at the 2011 Shanghai, China.

At the World Championships, Hwang Seon-woo won the 200m freestyle medal for the first time in 11 years since Park Tae-hwan in 11 years.

In less than a year, he shortened the Korean record (1:44.62) set by him in the qualifying round for the Tokyo Olympics last year by 0.15 seconds.

photo = Yonhap News

photo = Yonhap News

In the preliminary round, Hwang Seon-woo took second place overall with a time of 1:45.79, and in the semi-final, where 16 players competed, split the tide at 1:45.46 and advanced to the final with a 3rd place overall.

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Only 8 Korean athletes, including Hwang Seon-woo, have competed in the final in the long course world championship management event, and in the men’s 200m freestyle, only Park Tae-hwan climbed to the start line.

After Park Tae-hwan placed 8th at the 2017 Budapest Games, Hwang Seon-woo competed in the 200m freestyle final for the first time in five years as a Korean athlete.

Hwang Seon-woo jumped into the water the fastest with a starting reaction speed of 0.61 seconds, and took second place with a spurt on the touchpad in the last 50m section.

Popovich raced in second place up to the 100m section, then came in first place, rewriting the world junior record and winning a gold medal. Hwang Seon-woo was 1 second 26 ahead.

Hwang Seon-woo will compete again in the 100m freestyle qualifying event on the afternoon of the 21st to challenge for a medal.

Hwang Seon-woo said, “I had a lot of slow pace in the second half because of my lack of experience in the Tokyo Olympics.

He continued, “Popovich is of the same age, so he mentions the rivalry a lot, but in this 200m freestyle, Popovich recorded a great record of 1:43. said.

Hwang Seon-woo said, “I want to show a good figure in the 100m freestyle by making it to the semi-finals and finals because I can control myself well.”

By Kim Ye-rang, reporter at Hankyung.com yesrang@hankyung.com

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