Written by Heo Yeon-kyung, 54.49 seconds AG shortened again from 54.70 seconds
Hwang Seon-woo, male 100m 48.57 seconds Can't get past the A record

National swimming team member Heo Yeon-kyung (17, Bangsan High School senior) set another Korean record in the women's 100m freestyle about two months after the Hangzhou Asian Games.

According to the Korea Swimming Federation, Heo Yeon-kyung won the women's general division 100m freestyle final of the '2024 Swimming (Management) National Team Selection Competition' held at the Gimcheon Indoor Swimming Pool in Gyeongsangbuk-do on the 25th with her new Korean record of 54.49 seconds.

Heo Yeon-kyung set her sixth Korean record this year, 0.21 seconds off her Korean record of 54.70 seconds set in the event finals at the Hangzhou Asian Games on September 26, by 0.21 seconds in 61 days.

This record is 0.24 seconds short of the World Aquatics standard record for the women's 100m freestyle. Accordingly, there is a high possibility that he will not be able to participate in the World Aquatics Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar, in February next year. The federation explained, “It is faster than the federation’s own standard record, so the possibility of participating in the Doha World Aquatics Championships is open depending on the results of the Performance Improvement Committee’s deliberation in the future.”

After the game, Heo Yeon-kyung said in an interview with the federation, "I was exhausted from continuing training without a break after the National Sports Festival, so I couldn't keep up 100% during practice, so I was very stressed right up until I got to the stadium. However, I gained confidence because my record was better than I expected in the preliminaries the day before." “Coach Kim Hyo-yeol continued to believe in me, and I did well with the mindset of doing my best when I had to,” he said.

In the men's 100m freestyle final held earlier, Hwang Seon-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office) took first place with 48.57 seconds, but was 0.06 seconds short of the International Federation A standard record and did not qualify for the world championships.

Sunwoo Hwang is aiming to qualify for the World Championships in the 200m freestyle final scheduled for the afternoon of the 27th.

Hwang Seon-woo said through his management company All That Sports, “I did not improve my condition to 100% while preparing for this competition, so this competition record is a little short of my personal record, but I finished in first place and it is a good stepping stone to prepare for next year’s World Championships. “I think it has come to fruition,” he said, adding, “I will race hard in the 200m freestyle finals held two days later, seeing it as a preparation process for next year’s world championships rather than a record.”

Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Office), a mid- and long-distance star, won the men's freestyle 800m final with a time of 7 minutes 52.84 seconds, 0.27 seconds faster than the AQUA's A standard record of 7 minutes 53.11 seconds, winning the world championship for the fourth time in a row since the 2019 Gwangju Games. Confirmed participation in the swimming championships.

Kim Woo-min only competed in the 1500m freestyle at the 2019 Gwangju Games, but later ranked 14th in the 800m freestyle for two consecutive times at the 2022 Budapest and 2023 Fukuoka Games.

Kim Woo-min earned the right to participate in the men's world championships, following Lee Joo-ho (28, Seogwipo City Hall), who won the men's 200m backstroke the day before.

Kim Woo-min said through All That Sports, “It hasn’t been long since I prepared for the World Aquatics Championships next year, but if I maintain a fast pace in the beginning and strengthen the spurt in the second half of the 800m freestyle like the race I held today, I will be able to show a good performance at the World Championships.” “I think I will do my best to show a good performance in the remaining 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle,” he said.

Kim Seo-young (29, Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), the star of the women's division, also won the women's individual medley 200m final on this day with a time of 2 minutes, 12.12 seconds, passing her international federation standard record and confirming her participation in the World Aquatics Championships for the fifth time in a row since 2017.

Seoyoung Kim said, “The World Aquatics Championships, which were originally held once every two years, have been held every year since COVID-19, so it is a forced march, but as more opportunities are given, I want to do my best at every moment and show a good performance.” 토토사이트