Hwang Sun-woo: “Ho-joon won a medal with his brother…making Korea proud”

Hwang Sun-woo (20-Gangwon Provincial Office) competed in two finals in about an hour.

At the end of the two races, two new Korean records were set.

Hwang Sun-woo, who usually keeps his head down, said he felt “proud” on Sunday after winning two Asian Games medals in one day.

Recalling his podium finish with Lee Ho-joon (22, Daegu Metropolitan Government) in the 200-meter freestyle, he added, “I think we showed Korea’s pride,” and raised the bar even higher.

Korean swimming is even more thrilled to have Hwang Sun-woo.

Hwang Sun-woo won the men’s 200-meter freestyle final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in a new Korean record time of 1:44.40 at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on Sunday.

He shaved 0.02 seconds off the previous South Korean record of 1:44.42, which he set when he finished third at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka last July.

His time was 0.40 seconds faster than the previous record of 1:44.80 set by Park Tae-hwan in Guangzhou in 2010.

Fan Zhanle (19-China), who finished second in 1:45.28, raised Huang’s arm at the awards ceremony. It was a sign of recognizing Huang as the Asian champion.

After briefly celebrating her first individual Asian Games gold medal, Hwang composed herself and prepared for the 400-meter medley relay final.

After Lee Eun-ji (17, Bangsan High School) in the backstroke, Choi Dong-yeol (24, Gangwon Provincial Office) in the breaststroke, and Kim Seo-young (29, Gyeongbuk Provincial Office) in the butterfly, Hwang touched the touchpad in third place and added a bronze medal to her collection.

With Hwang’s addition, the Korean mixed medley relay team set a new national record of 3:46.78, 0.31 seconds faster than the 3:47.09 set at the 2023 World Championships two months ago.

After winning one medal a day – the 100-meter freestyle (third) on Thursday, the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay (first) on Friday and the men’s 400-meter medley relay (second) on Saturday – Hwang Sun-woo added two more on Sunday to bring his medal tally to five at the Games.

Hwang is only the second South Korean swimmer ever to win five or more medals at a single event, joining Park Tae-hwan. Park won seven medals each (14 total) at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

Hwang Sun-woo gave three interviews: one in the joint press area, one at the official press conference, and one with Korean reporters.

He looked a little tired, but his face was full of pride. 파워볼게임

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