Park Tae-hwan (34) is being forgotten. Following Hwang Seon-woo (20), who has established himself as a Korean swimmer, Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province) is taking steps towards a new legend. Therefore, this 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games is expected to be a very important competition for Korean swimming.토토사이트
Kim Woo-min participated as a swimming representative at the D-30 Media Day of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at Jincheon National Training Center in Chungcheongbuk-do on the 24th. I think I can race with confidence.”
After Park Tae-hwan disappeared from international competitions, a dark shadow seemed to be cast over Korean swimming. Just two years ago, it was difficult to find people with high expectations for Korean swimming.
The Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 provided a ray of light to Korean swimming. Hwang Seon-woo, who had not received much attention before, has emerged as a dark horse as a race that threatens world-class players. Since then, Park Tae-hwan has been changing various records.
At the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup and Short Course World Championships, he reached the top of the 200m freestyle and made his name among the world’s swimming stars.
The World Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan last month was a foreshadowing of a brighter future for Korean swimming. Hwang Seon-woo, who won the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle, as well as Kim Woo-min and Lee Ho-jun (22, Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) rebounded as a great harvest.
In particular, Kim Woo-min made it to the finals in the 400m freestyle and took the touchpad with a time of 3:43:92, rising to 5th place with a personal best record. Park Tae-hwan took a step closer to the Korean record (3:41:53) set by winning the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
In the 800m freestyle, the record was 7:47:69, breaking the previous Korean record (7:49:93) set by Park Tae-hwan at the 2012 London Olympics.
Considering his world-class status, it is true that Hwang Seon-woo is still at the top, but the story is different when it comes to the Asian Games. In particular, it is difficult to find an opponent in the 400m freestyle.
In the 400m freestyle at the World Championships last month, Kim Woo-min was the only Asian among 11 Asian athletes to advance to the final, and the gap with the runner-up reached more than 7 seconds. Kim Woo-min, who we met at the open training place, said, “The thing I’m most confident in is the 400m freestyle.” .
He also challenges the record of Park Tae-hwan, whose main event was the 400m freestyle. Kim Woo-min said, “First of all, the record of senior Park Tae-hwan is my goal.” said.
Furthermore, he challenges the 4th crown. In the history of Korean swimming, there were only two people who won three gold medals in the Asian Games. At the 1982 New Delhi Games, Choi Yoon-hee became the first Korean swimmer to win three gold medals, and Park Tae-hwan won three gold medals at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou Games.
Kim Woo-min is determined to write a new history of Korean swimming, surpassing Park Tae-hwan, whom he had dreamed of watching since he was young. He said, “First of all, as it is my first Asian Games, I have a strong desire to make a spectacular debut.
The men’s 800m relay with Hwang Seon-woo and Lee Ho-jun also raises expectations. He confidently said, “The atmosphere with the team members is good and the momentum is very good. I think I have only one thing left to show in the Asian Games as I have broken a new Korean record this year.”
The most difficult is the 1500m freestyle. Kim Woo-min said, “I still feel a bit lacking in the race aspect,” but expressed firm determination, saying, “I think that if I make up for that part, I will be able to bring a good medal color even in the 1500m, and I am training hard.”
On one side of the athletes’ village, there was a sign that said, “If you can’t avoid it, enjoy it.” Kim Woo-min said, “I really want to do a race with no regrets. If I have even a little bit of regret, I think I will keep thinking about it.