Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon Provincial Government), who will compete in his third individual World Swimming Championships, expressed his ambition to go strong with his first gold medal.
Hwang Sun-woo, along with Kim Woo-min, Yang Jae-hoon (Gangwon Provincial Government), Lee Ho-joon (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall), and Lee Yu-yeon (Goyang City Hall), returned to Korea through Incheon International Airport on the 3rd after completing special training in Australia for the 2024 Paris Olympics.꽁머니사이트
After four weeks of intense training, Hwang, who got tanned, came back with a solid muscle body. “The training was very intense among the field training sessions I went to. I had the hardest four weeks in my swimming career,” he said. “I never gave up (although it was tough) and I did a good job (in the field training). It helped me a lot (to strengthen my physical strength).”
After taking a short break, Hwang Sun-woo will leave for Qatar on the 7th and participate in the 21st Doha World Swimming Championships again to vigorously cut the current.
Hwang Sun-woo, who emerged as a hope for Korean swimming through the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, has since grown his skills rapidly and established himself as a world-class swimmer.
She became the first Korean swimmer to win two consecutive gold medals in the world championships. Having won a silver medal in the 200-meter freestyle in Budapest in 2022, she won a bronze in the 200-meter freestyle in Fukuoka last year.
Park won two gold medals and one bronze at the World Championships, which was something that even Park failed to achieve. Park won a gold medal in 400-meter freestyle and a bronze medal in 200-meter freestyle at the 2007 Melbourne Games, and a gold medal in 400-meter freestyle at the 2011 Shanghai Games. At the 2009 Rome Games, he failed to win a medal.
However, Park Tae-hwan is the only Korean swimmer to win the gold medal at the world championships. Hwang also failed to rank No. 1 in two world championships. However, he has a bright future for the gold medal at the Doha Asian Games.
Hwang gained momentum by winning a total of six medals (2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes) at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year. In particular, he shortened his race to 1:44:40 in the 200-meter freestyle, just 0.01 second behind Sun Yang’s Asian record (1:44:39).
In the 200m freestyle at the Doha Games, world-class athletes will not participate in preparation for the Paris Olympics in five months, and there is no strong competitor to threaten Hwang Sun-woo.
David Popovich of Romania, the winner of the world 200-meter freestyle in 2022, will not participate in the event at all. Matthew Richards, who won the 200-meter freestyle last year, and Tom Dean, the gold medalist in the 200-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics, will also compete in the 100-meter freestyle and the 400-meter relay, respectively.
For this reason, Hwang Sun-woo’s 200-meter freestyle record at the Asian Games became the fastest entry record (written from October 1, 2022 to December 19, 2023) among athletes participating in the Doha Games.
“I was also surprised to hear that strong medal contenders including Richards, Dean, and Popovich will not participate,” Hwang said after securing his golden opportunity to win his first gold medal at the World Championships. “I was ranked No. 1 in the entry record, and I have a desire for a gold medal. As swimming is a competition for records, no one knows what kind of race will take place. I will do my best and stay vigilant until the end.”
Hwang, however, is not in his best physical condition. Usually, February is the time to strengthen his physical stamina and skills through training. The World Championships were held from June to August in Rome in 2009, but this year’s Doha competition will take place in February due to overlapping schedules with the Paris Olympics.
“Coach Michael Palperi said, ‘The world championships are important, but the most important thing is the Paris Olympics.’ I can’t guarantee that I’m in the best condition right now, but I’ll perform well according to the given time and situation,” Hwang Sun-woo said.
“If I rank second or fourth, I have a goal to catch, so I just had to look at that goal, but this time I have to keep in check the player who comes up. So I feel very pressured. Still, as I have been doing well at the World Championships so far, I will do my best again this time,” he said.