S. Korea finishes sixth in males’s relay at swimming worlds with new nat’l document

S. Korea finishes sixth in males’s relay at swimming worlds with new nat’l document

Members of the South Korean males’s 4x200m freestyle relay staff — (from L to R) Kim Woo-min, Hwang Solar-woo, Lee Ho-joon and Lee Yoo-yeon — pose for a bunch picture after qualifying for the ultimate on the FINA World Championships at Duna Area in Budapest on Thursday (Yonhap)

Led by teen swimming star Hwang Solar-woo, South Korea has submitted its best-ever relay efficiency on the swimming world championships.

Hwang, the reigning 200m freestyle silver medalist, joined Kim Woo-min, Lee Yoo-yeon and Lee Ho-joon for the sixth-place end within the males’s 4x200m freestyle relay on the FINA World Championships at Duna Area in Budapest on Thursday (native staff). They set a brand new nationwide document with a time of seven:06.93, breaking their very own mark set merely hours earlier.

This was South Korea’s first look in any closing relay on the biennial world championships.

Within the heats held earlier Thursday, the South Korean foursome completed fourth with 7:08.49, shattering their very own, 13-month-old document by 2.96 seconds.

Then within the closing, the quartet shaved 1.56 seconds from that mark.

America received gold at 7:00.24, adopted by Australia at 7:03.50 and Britain at 7:04.00.

By successful his 200m freestyle silver medal Monday, Hwang, 19, had joined Park Tae-hwan as the one South Korean swimmers to seize a medal on the world championships.

Within the closing relay, Hwang gave South Korea an early lead by protecting the opening leg at 1:45.30.

Kim Woo-min, the subsequent swimmer for South Korea, had the fifth-fastest time within the second leg with 1:46.57, however South Korea stayed in third place on the midway mark.

South Korea slipped to fourth after Lee Yoo-yeon’s 1:48.28 within the third leg. Lee Ho-joon took care of the house stretch in 1:46.78 because the 4 teammates set a nationwide document for the second time in at some point.

This South Korean quartet educated for six weeks in Australia from late April to early June, beneath the tutelage of Ian Pope, who had produced Olympic gold medalists and world champions comparable to Grant Hackett and Michael Klim

The particular coaching camp was set as much as assist prep the relay staff not only for the worlds, however for the Asian Video games scheduled for September in Hangzhou, China. Nevertheless, on Could 6, the Asian Video games had been postponed indefinitely as a result of results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staff saved its focus solely on the world championships, and the camp paid main dividends. Along with setting two nationwide data, Hwang and Co. beat China, the one different Asian staff within the closing, by a full 4 seconds.

This brightens South Korea’s hopes for its first swimming relay gold medal on the Asian Video games.

Hwang stated afterward the occasion had been “a very significant competitors” for himself and his teammates.

“I used to be fairly proud of the document within the heats, and to enhance on that point within the closing was fairly gratifying,” Hwang stated, in a press release launched by the Korea Swimming Federation. “I would like to preserve breaking data with these members. Hopefully, we’ll be capable to construct on our expertise right here and do nicely on the Asian Video games and the Paris Olympics (in 2024).”

Different members of the staff expressed an analogous sentiment. Lee Yoo-yeon and Kim Woo-min each stated it had been “an honor” to have educated and competed with the staff and stated their objective was to set a brand new nationwide document on the Asian Video games.

Lee Ho-joon talked about how the staff chemistry performed an vital function.

“We’re throughout the identical age, and we have been doing this collectively for nearly three years now. So we all know one another very well,” the 21-year-old stated. “We at all times push one another and complement one another on the identical time. We’ve enjoyable doing it.”

Within the 100m freestyle on Tuesday, Hwang initially missed out on the semifinals after ending tied for seventeenth within the heats, with solely the highest 16 advancing. A spot opened up for Hwang within the semifinals when Caeleb Dressel of the US withdrew for unspecified medical causes. However Hwang, the primary alternate, completed in eleventh, as the highest seven moved on to the ultimate.

Within the 4x100m freestyle relay heats on Saturday, Hwang teamed up with Lee Yoo-yeon, Kim Ji-hun and Kim Min-joon for a brand new nationwide document of three:15.86. The staff nonetheless failed to succeed in the ultimate. (Yonhap)

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