Hwang Seon-woo (Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province), who won the bronze medal along with a new Korean record in the 200m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships, expressed his thoughts that he would rise to the top at the Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September.
The Korean swimming team, including Hwang Seon-woo, arrived at Incheon International Airport on the 31st after finishing the 2023 Fukuoka Swimming World Championships.
Hwang Seon-woo recorded 1:44:42 in the final of the 200m freestyle at this event, shortening his own Korean record (1:44:47) by 0.05 seconds and claiming a bronze medal. It is the second consecutive medal at the World Championships following the last competition, which is the first feat in Korean swimming history.
https://displayad.zum.com/NetInsight/html/zum/news/newspage@newszum_pc_250Hwang Seon-woo smiled brightly, saying, “It felt good to win the bronze medal with a new Korean record in the 200m freestyle,” but about the 100m freestyle, where he failed to advance to the final by 0.02 second, “Actually, the record was poor. In the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, this will be We need to work harder to improve.”
Then, when asked about specific goals for the Asian Games, he said, “First of all, I want to reach the podium in the 100m and 200m freestyle.” I will train harder to keep it. The 800m relay is also a good record at the Asian level. I will repay you with good results.”
Hwang Seon-woo has an overwhelming advantage in the 200m freestyle with no pursuer, but in the 100m freestyle, he has to chase China’s Pan Zhanle.
China’s Pan Zhanle, who entered the finals this time as well, set a new Asian record of 47 seconds and 22 seconds, while Hwang Seon-woo was 0.02 seconds slower than 8th place, and his advance to the finals was canceled. Hwang’s best time is 47.56, which she set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hwang Seon-woo said, “I will do my best to close the gap in the Asian Games.”
Meanwhile, Hwang Seon-woo set a new Korean record in the men’s 800m relay and men’s medley relay 400m in addition to the freestyle individual events. In addition to the achievements set by Hwang Seon-woo, Korean swimmers also set 5 new Korean records. People around them are raising their expectations, saying that it is the golden age of Korean swimming.
Hwang Seon-woo said, “Even at the 2019 Gwangju Games, there were no Korean players in the semifinal stage. But this time, I am proud that Korean swimming has improved a lot, with two Korean players advancing together for the first time in the 200m freestyle final, and new records in Korea continue to be set. At that moment It’s an honor to be able to be with you,” he laughed.
In addition to the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games, Hwang Seon-woo is still waiting for big events such as the National Sports Festival in October, the national team selection event in November, the Doha World Championships in February next year, and the Paris Olympics in July.
Hwang Seon-woo said, “It’s a tough journey, but it’s true that players have to adapt to the competition. The goal is to prepare well and continue to show good results and records.”
Regarding the short vacation that will be given for about 2 to 3 days, he said, “First of all, I want to sleep well at home without doing anything today. But I can’t rest too much from swimming. I will go back to the athletes’ village next week and start preparing for the Asian Games.”