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Hwang Sun-woo, 200m bronze, now 100m freestyle beats his own record by two years

South Korean swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo holds a doll after winning bronze in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, Friday afternoon.

Hwang Sun-woo (20, Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province), who broke the Korean record in the 200-meter freestyle to win bronze at the World Championships, will try to break the record in his next event, the 100-meter freestyle.

Hwang will compete in the men’s 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships Fukuoka at 11:13 a.m. on Saturday at Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan.

In the 200m freestyle final the previous day, Hwang won the bronze medal with a time of 1:44.42, 0.05 seconds faster than the South Korean record (1:44.47). Hwang, who won silver in the 200m freestyle at last year’s World Championships in Budapest, also reached a new milestone by becoming the first Korean swimmer to medal at two consecutive World Championships.

Hwang will now focus her efforts on her final individual event, the 100-meter freestyle. The 100 meters is scheduled for the semifinals at 8:26 p.m. and the final at 8:21 p.m. on the same day.

Compared to the 200m freestyle, which was a strong gold medal contender, the 100m freestyle is not a ‘medal’ event, so it’s a bit of an oddity.

“My world ranking in the 100m freestyle is ninth. As long as I make it to the final (of eight), I’ll be able to compete without any pressure, so I think I’ll have a good result,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to the challenge.

It’s not a direct comparison, but he was second in the first 100 meters of the 200-meter freestyle final, so a ‘surprise medal’ is not out of the question if he keeps his momentum going. For now, he is focused on pushing his own limits rather than medals.

Hwang holds the South Korean record of 47.56 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle. He broke the record in the semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where fans were introduced to the star that is Hwang Sun-woo.

With his time, Hwang became the first Asian athlete to reach the final of the men’s 100-meter freestyle at an Olympic Games in 65 years, since Atsushi Dani (Japan) in Melbourne in 1956.

Hwang said, “It’s been two years since I haven’t beaten my best time in the 100 meters. I’m very eager to improve my time. 카지노사이트 A major competition is a great opportunity to break the record,” he said.

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