July 28, 2021 13:39
Swimmer Hwang Sun-woo finished fourth in the semifinals of the men's 100-m freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday.
He will compete in the final on Thursday morning against the other top seven swimmers, the first Korean to do so in the Olympics.
The teen swimming sensation set an Asian record of 47.56 seconds to make it to the final, breaking the previous record of 47.65 seconds held by Ning Zetao of China set in 2014 and also broke his previous record of 47.97 seconds set a day earlier.
On Tuesday, Hwang failed to win a medal in the men's 200-m freestyle, and only came seventh. He led the pack in the early phase of the race but ran out of steam.
The last Korean swimmer to win an Olympic swimming medal was Park Tae-hwan, who clinched two silver medals in the men's 200-m and 400-m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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