‘The Asian stage is narrow.’
Hwang Seon-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office), who emerged as the biggest star of the Hangzhou Asian Games, once again made golden waves.
Hwang Seon-woo came first with a time of 1 minute 44.40 seconds in the men’s 200m freestyle swimming final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center swimming pool on the 27th. Hwang Sun-woo, who won two gold medals, sets a new record in the 200m competition at the Asian Games. Hojun Lee (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) also won an accompanying medal by capturing the touchpad in third place (1 minute 45.56 seconds).
Hwang Sun-woo also participated in the 400m mixed medley relay held an hour later, and won a bronze medal by displaying superhuman strength as the last swimmer. The medals that Sunwoo Hwang has won so far in this competition are 5: 2 gold (200m freestyle, 800m relay), 1 silver (400m medley relay), and 2 bronze (100m freestyle, 400m mixed medley relay). Sunwoo Hwang has the 400m relay race left.
The record march is reminiscent of the path of Park Tae-hwan, who opened a new era in Korean swimming. Hwang Sun-woo ranked second in the category of winning the most medals in swimming at a single competition (5), following Park Tae-hwan, who won 7 medals each at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou Games. Hwang Sun-woo, who has already won two World Championship medals, is the second Korean athlete to hold an Asian Games and World Championship medal, following Park Tae-hwan.
On this day, Hwang Sun-woo did not give up first place even once in the 50m section rankings, but beat China’s Fan Zhanle (19, 1 minute 45.28 seconds), who was pursuing him. Fan Zhanle showed respect to the champion by lifting Hwang Sun-woo’s arm on the podium. With Lee Ho-jun coming in third, Korean swimming achieved the feat of having two swimmers stand on the podium at the same time at the Asian Games.
In the 400m mixed medley relay held as the last match of the day, Hwang Seon-woo took third place with a new Korean record, recording 3 minutes 46.78 seconds along with backstroke Lee Eun-ji (17, Bangsan High School), breaststroke Choi Dong-yeol (Gangwon Provincial Office), and butterfly swimmer Seo-yeong Kim (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office). . After winning the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle, he came out one hour later and performed a reverse swim. In an interview after the race, Hwang Seon-woo said, “First of all, I feel good about breaking my record in the 200m. He finished the individual event well. He was happy, saying, “He has crossed the limit again.” Sunwoo Hwang will compete in the men’s 400m relay on the 29th.
The presence of Hwang Sun-woo, who considers the Asian stage narrow, is serving as a stimulus to raise the capabilities of Korean swimming as a whole스포츠토토. Lee Ho-jun, who won the bronze medal by running with Hwang Sun-woo in the 200m freestyle finals on this day, said, “I feel reassured because I have Hwang Sun-woo. “I think the strong atmosphere of the Korean team is the catalyst for an explosive medal march,” he said. He also laughed, saying, “I thought it would have been nice just to get a place in the first place, but now that I got the bronze medal, I wish I had done better.”
Lee Eun-ji, a lively new generation in women’s swimming, also showed off her strength by taking third place in the 400m mixed medley relay, which she competed in about an hour after winning a bronze medal in the women’s 100m backstroke. Eunji Lee also won a bronze medal in the women’s 200m backstroke the previous day, adding two medals to her tally on this day. Moreover, it has been 37 years since former Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choi Yoon-hee won two medals in backstroke.
Eunji Lee, who confidently and courageously expresses her feelings, said in her Mixed Zone interview, “I did not expect multiple medals. “I had high expectations, but I’m so happy I won so many,” she said.