South Korean men’s swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office) has won two Asian Games titles. It’s been 13 years. Lee Ho-joon (22, Daegu City Hall) also won bronze.
Hwang won gold in the men’s 200m freestyle final of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in a meet record time of 1:44.40 on Sunday at the Olympic Sports Center Swimming Pool in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
With a starting reaction time of 0.62, the Chinese swimmer dominated from the start. He was 0.24 seconds ahead of Panzaner at the 50m mark. Lee Ho-joon finished third. He was even faster in the 100 meters. Lee moved into second place, while Hwang was 0.58 seconds faster.
The 150-meter dash was 0.90 seconds faster. Panzaner dropped to fourth place. Lee remained in second place. With a spurt in the final 50 meters, Hwang smiled as he set a new meet record. Pan Zhan-liu moved up to second and Lee Ho-joon was the final third.
Hwang clocked 1:44.40, breaking Park Tae-hwan’s meet record of 1:44.80. He was 0.01 seconds shy of Sun Yang’s Asian record of 1:44.39. He also set a new Korean record.
Hwang Sun-woo also became the first swimmer to win a “multiple crown” 13 years after Park Tae-hwan. Park won three gold medals at the 2006 Doha Games and 2010 Guangzhou Games. He was followed by Hwang Sun-woo. Lee Ho-joon also won a bronze medal. He finished in third place with a time of 1:45.56.
Earlier in the day, Hwang won bronze in the 100-meter freestyle and was part of the 800-meter freestyle relay team that won gold. He teamed up with Yang Jae-hoon, Kim Woo-min, and Lee Ho-joon to achieve his goal, and also swam in the 400-meter medley relay with Lee Ju-ho, Choi Dong-yeol, and Kim Young-beom to take silver.
He won a medal every day from the first day of swimming on the 24th. Today, he was back in the medal hunt. He will compete in his main event, the 200-meter freestyle, as well as the 400-meter medley relay. Hwang said, “World-class swimmers do this. I’ll try it too,” he said with a smile.
In the 200-meter freestyle, he finished first in his heat. He did not compete in the 400-meter medley relay. With so many events to compete in, he needed to stay fit.
Hwang Sun-woo is basically the best swimmer in Asia in the 200-meter freestyle. He’s also a force to be reckoned with in the world. He won a silver medal at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest and a bronze at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka. That’s two consecutive World Championship medals, a feat not even Park Tae-hwan has accomplished. 메이저사이트
His personal best is also top-notch. He clocked 1:44.42 at the Fukuoka World Championships, just 0.03 seconds behind the Asian record of 1:44.39 held by Sun Yang.
It will be interesting to see how he fares against China’s Fan Zhanle. In the 100-meter freestyle, Pan Zhanle beat Huang Sunwu for gold. However, in the 800-meter freestyle relay, Huang held onto the gold. One win each.
They met again in the 200-meter freestyle. Pan qualified for the final by finishing fourth in his heat. And this time, Hwang won. He smiled broadly as he won the gold medal.