Hwang Seon-woo (18, Seoul Chego), a surprise star of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, again set a new Korean record and won four national championships.
Hwang Seon-woo broke the Korean record set in 2014 by Park Tae-hwan (32) of ‘Marine Boy’ Park (32) in 2014 (2 minutes 0 seconds 31) in the 200m swimming Nam high school individual medley 200m at the 102nd National Sports Festival held at the Gimcheon Indoor Pool in Gyeongsangbuk-do on the 12th. It was shortened by 2.27 seconds and took first place. In the 400m relay held next, he took first place (3:25.12). Hwang Seon-woo, who won gold medals in the 50m freestyle and 800m relay two days ago, won gold in all four events that he participated in so far, winning four gold medals. On the last day of the tournament, on the 14th, the team will challenge to win 5 gold medals in the 400m medley relay event.
In his first domestic competition since the Olympics, Hwang Seon-woo, who had improved momentum from the preliminary round (50m freestyle) to breaking the record in the South High School, was holding his breath in the individual medley qualifying round that day. Hwang Seon-woo, who played in the 3rd and 4th lanes of the preliminary round, took first place overall with a time of 2:3.12, but it was far short of his personal best record (2:0.77) set in March of this year. At the time of the 800m relay finals, he once said, “I got a cramp in my right leg after going 150m.” It was a situation where I was worried about the impact of the injury on the game on the 12th.
But it was only rain. In the afternoon final, Seon-woo Hwang, who was in Lane 4, Butterfly (25.66, Qualification: 26.16), Backstroke (30.36, Qualification: 32.56), Breaststroke (34.91, Qualification: 37.8), Freestyle (27 seconds) In all sections including the 11th and preliminary rounds at 27 seconds 32), he greatly advanced the record at the time of the preliminaries and changed the Korean record. Shortly after setting the Korean record, Hwang Seon-woo received a new record reward of 1 million won from Chung Chang-hoon, president of the Korea Swimming Federation. Hwang Seon-woo, thrilled with the new record, led Seoul to the championship as the 4th runner in the 400m relay held about 20 minutes later. In the 400m relay, 4 swimmers go back and forth in 100m freestyle each, which is equivalent to a ‘freestyle 100m’ for an individual athlete. The 100m freestyle is the ‘main event of the main events’ in which Sun-Woo Hwang reached the finals for the first time in 65 years as an Asian athlete at the time of the Tokyo Olympics and placed fifth. Seoul, which was in 3rd place, 0.57 seconds behind Gangwon Chego in the 300m section, took the championship by leisurely beating the competing teams thanks to Hwang Seon-woo’s performance. The difference with second place (Gangwon Chego, 3:27.74) was 2.62 seconds.
In the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), ‘four gold medals’ (as of the 12th) in this national sports event, which is held only for the high school division, is Kim Je-deok (17, Gyeongbuk Il High School), who won ‘two gold medals in archery’ at the Olympics, and women’s individual all-around gymnastics. In the finals, there are only three Lee Yoon-seo (18, Seoul Chego High School) who have ranked the highest ranking in Korea (21st). If Kim Je-deok finished the competition with 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals, and Hwang Seon-woo added a gold medal on the last day of the competition, it is worth aiming for the MVP with the most gold medals in the competition.
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