Hwang Sun-woo Puts Swimming World on Notice Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    May 17, 2021 10:36

    Teen swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo broke yet another record on Sunday, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with at the Tokyo Olympics, which are just two months away.

    At a national team tryout on Jeju Island on Sunday, Hwang clocked 1:44.96 in the men's 200-m freestyle, shattering his own world junior record of 1:45.92 set at the previous tryout in November last year.

    Swimmer Hwang Sun-woo reacts after checking his time at a national team tryout on Jeju Island on Sunday. /Yonhap

    The international governing body for swimming, FINA, has compiled world junior records for athletes aged 18 or under since 2014. In Sunday's swim, Hwang, who turns 18 on May 21, was just 0.16 seconds behind Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan's Korean record of 1:44.80 set at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou at the age of 21.

    "I felt good during the race overall, so I did expect a good time. But I never thought I would come in under 1:45.00," said an elated Hwang. "I was surprised and happy to see the scoreboard after the game. Now I feel that an Olympic medal is not an impossible dream for me."

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