Swimmer Hwang Sun-woo Sets Another Korean Record

      October 13, 2021 10:27

      Teen swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo has broken another of Park Tae-hwan's national records.

      Hwang won the men's 200-m individual medley with a time of 1:58.04 at the National Sports Festival in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, shaving 2.27 seconds off the previous record of 2:00.31 set by Park in 2014.

      Hwang Sun-woo reacts after checking his time in the men's 200-m freestyle at the National Sports Festival in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday. /Yonhap

      Hwang, whose best events are the 100-m and 200-m freestyle, participated in the 50-m freestyle and the 200-m individual medley as part of his training and set new national records in the two events.

      Hwang has now broken three records set by Park.

      He set an Asian record and world junior record of 47.56 seconds in the men's 100-m freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year. At that event he broke his own national record of 48.25 seconds, set at a national tryout when he broke Park's record of 48.42 seconds, which had stood since 2014.

      In the men's 200-m freestyle in Tokyo, he set a national record of 1:44.62, which was 0.18 second faster than Park's record of 1:44.80 set at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

      "It feels more real as I broke the record set by Park, who was my childhood idol," he said after the event. "I've never really tried to break [records], but it just happened."

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