Numerous world-class athletes will not participate in the management event of the 2024 International Swimming Federation Qatar Doha World Championships, which will begin in earnest from the 11th.
Since the competition is only five months away from the Paris Olympics, many top athletes were not listed on the entry list due to their conditioning.라바카지노도메인
Hwang Sun-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Government) will not participate in the 200m freestyle in the main event, with David Popovich (Romania), the gold medalist at the 2022 Budapest Games, and Matthew Richards and Tom Dean (Britain), who swept the gold and silver medals at the 2023 Fukuoka Games.
Thanks to this, it is said that Hwang Sun-woo is more likely than ever to win a gold medal in his first individual long course (50m) world championship.
However, the men’s 400m freestyle, in which Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Government) participates, is a different story.
A large number of strong players will participate in the event to the extent that overseas swimming media described it as the “largest competition venue for the management of the Doha World Championships.”
Kim Woo-min, who returned home from an off-season training in Australia through Incheon International Airport on the 3rd, said, “Most of the athletes in the 400m freestyle come out, but if we perform better on such a big stage, the result (of the medal) will follow at the Paris Olympics.”
In the men’s 400m freestyle at the Doha World Championships, only Samuel Short (Australia), the gold medalist among the first to fourth places at last year’s Fukuoka competition, will not participate.
Gold medalists Ahmed Hafnaoui (Tunisia), third-ranked Lucas Martens (Germany), and fourth-ranked Guillermi Costa (Brazil) at the Tokyo Olympics will compete with Kim Woo-min.
Kim Woo-min, who was ranked fifth in the Fukuoka competition, also ranked fifth with a time of 3:43.92.
It is essential to enter the 3 minutes and 42 seconds range for the “Olympic podium” aimed at by Kim Woo-min.
“I aimed to break my personal record. I’m not in perfect physical condition because I’m aiming for the Olympics, but if I break my personal record, I’ll get a better record at the Paris Olympics,” Kim said.
The important thing is that the Doha World Championships is a stepping stone to the Paris Olympics.
The process of approaching the targeted “3 minutes and 42 seconds” may be more important than the color of the medal.
“My ultimate goal is the Olympics. I think it is time to step by step before the Olympics,” Kim said. “If I get good results and medal records, I will be able to play well in the Paris Olympics with good confidence.”
Kim Woo-min, a mid- and long-distance star in Korean swimming, who originally had strong physical strength, became stronger during the four-week off-season training in Australia.
Even Kim Woo-min, who rarely says that training is difficult, said, “I exercised a lot in general. Thanks to him, I am satisfied because I improved my endurance as well.”
Korean swimming men’s freestyle team under off-season training in Australia
This time, expectations are even higher as it combines muscle training, which is not usually done.
“I worked out my muscles this time, and I feel like I’m gaining strength from swimming. I made good training results,” Kim said.
Another achievement is that they worked hard to train in an outdoor pool that is difficult to encounter in Korea.
“It was stressful to train in an outdoor swimming pool under the influence of sunlight and wind. Such an experience will be helpful in an indoor swimming pool,” Kim said.
Kim Woo-min, who will depart for Doha, Qatar with the management team on the 7th, will play the men’s 400m freestyle preliminary round on the afternoon of the 11th, Korean time, and will play in the final on the morning of the 12th.