KOREAN SWIMMING, STEPPING STONE TO THE OLYPICS, CHALLENGES THE ‘GOLDEN SWIM’ AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

호주 전지훈련 중인 한국 수영 남자 자유형 대표팀

 The 2024 International Aquatics Federation World Aquatics Championships, held in Doha, Qatar from the 2nd to the 18th of next month, is a prelude to the Paris Olympics, which opens in July this year .Following last year’s excellent performance at the Fukuoka World Championships, Korean swimming won a record-high 22 medals (6 gold, 6 silver, and 10 bronze) at the Hangzhou Asian Games, and is on the rise at the Doha Games, where 37 athletes and 11 coaches will participate. We are determined to continue. Korea will send 22 athletes and 5 coaches to the management event, which will be held from February 11th.The athlete with the highest chance of a medal is Korean swimming star Hwang Seon-woo (Gangwon Special Provincial Office).Sunwoo Hwang will challenge for medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and the 800m relay. Hwang Sun-woo, who succeeded in winning two consecutive medals at the World Aquatics Championships, becoming the first Korean athlete to do so, won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle at the 2022 Budapest Games and a bronze medal in the same event at the Fukuoka Games last year, and is a strong candidate again this time. Recently, the International Swimming Federation introduced through social networking services (SNS) that Hwang Sun-woo’s record (1 minute 44.40 seconds) in the 200m freestyle at the Hangzhou Asian Games was first among athletes who applied to participate in the Doha World Championships .The world’s top athletes have announced that they will not participate in this tournament, which is being held with only five months left until the Olympics. However, in the 200m freestyle, with the exception of David Popovic (Romania), athletes who can threaten Hwang Sun-woo’s medal will appear all at once. Sunwoo Hwang took the opportunity to avenge Matthew Richards and Tom Dean (both of Great Britain), who swept the gold and silver medals in the men’s 200m freestyle at the Fukuoka Games last year. Lee Ho-jun (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall), who won the right to participate in the 200m freestyle at the Doha Games through a concession by Kim Woo-min (Gangwon Special Provincial Office), will also attempt to advance to the finals for the second time in a row following last year’s Fukuoka Games.

The men’s 800m relay, a strategic training event for Korean swimming, is aiming for its first world championship medal in team event history in Doha. The 800m relay members, consisting of Hwang Seon-woo, Kim Woo-min, Lee Ho-jun, Lee Yu-yeon (Goyang City Hall), and Yang Jae-hoon (Gangwon Special Self-Governing Provincial Office), left for Queensland, Australia early this month. Those who devoted themselves to physical training in Australia will return home on February 3rd, take a breather, and then leave for Doha, where the competition will be held .The Korean men’s 800m relay took sixth place in the finals of the Fukuoka World Championships last year with a time of 7 minutes 06.14 seconds, and then won the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games by reducing the record to 7 minutes 01.73 seconds. If 7 minutes 01.73 seconds are applied to the standards of the Fukuoka World Championships, the result is equivalent to a bronze medal. The Korean relay members, whose skills are improving day by day, are working hard in Australia with the goal of entering the 6th squad. If you break the ‘Magic 7 Squad’ barrier, you can stand on the podium not only at the World Championships but also at the Olympics. The 400m freestyle of Kim Woo-min, Korea’s leading mid-long distance champion and three-time winner of the Hangzhou Asian Games, is also a race that should not be missed .In the 400m freestyle, which is also the event in which Park Tae-hwan won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kim Woo-min is showing his competitiveness by competing with world-class athletes. Kim Woo-min, who broke the barrier of 3 minutes and 44 seconds last year and set a personal best of 3 minutes and 43.92 seconds, hopes to grow one step further in Doha .Kim Woo-min, who gave up competing in the 1,500m freestyle to focus on the 400m freestyle, set his sights on reaching the 3:42 mark and standing on the Olympic podium .Kim Seo-young (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), who leads the Korean women’s swimming, is trying to advance to the finals in the women’s 200m individual medley, and Yun Ji-hwan (Gangwon Physical Education High School), who won her first World Championships qualification in the men’s 50m backstroke, is an idol, and Korea’s backstroke signboard Lee Joo-ho (Seogwipo City Hall) Participate in competitions with Hangzhou Asian Games 50m butterfly gold medalist Baek In-cheol (Busan Jung-gu Office) and 50m freestyle gold medalist Ji Yu-chan (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) will also compete in the same event at the Doha Games and compete with world-class athletes

Korean diving and artistic swimming teams participating in the Doha World Championships

The goal of diving is to win the right to participate in the Paris Olympics with a total of eight athletes, including male representative Woo Ha-ram (National Sports Promotion Foundation) and female representative Kim Su-ji (Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall).If both athletes advance to the 3m springboard finals (top 12) of this competition, they will each receive one ticket for the Paris Olympics .Woo Ha-ram, who is free from the back injury that plagued him until last year, aims to break his all-time record fourth-place finish in the men’s 3m springboard at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kim Su-ji, who became the first Korean female athlete to win a World Championships medal (1m springboard bronze medal) in Gwangju in 2019, is hunting for her second medal at the World Championships.

Heo Yun-seo (Apgujeong High School) and Lee Ri-young (Busan Swimming Federation), who are competing in artistic swimming, also have a primary goal of securing a spot at the Paris Olympics .If they advance to the Artistic Swimming Duet finals (top 12 teams) of this competition, they will likely advance to the Paris Olympics .Open water swimming, called the ‘marathon on the water’, will feature four participants: Oh Se-beom (Army Military Athletic Corps), Park Jae-hoon (Seogwipo City Hall), Hae-rim Lee (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), and Park Jeong-ju (Anyang City Hall).They will participate in both the 5km, 10km, and mixed team events .In high diving, which involves jumping from a height of 27m, Choi Byeong-hwa (Incheon Metropolitan City Swimming Federation) will compete at the World Championships for the second time in a row, following last year’s 온라인카지노 Fukuoka Games.

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