2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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During day 2 prelims of these Olympic Games, we saw a World Junior Record go down in the form of Hwang Sunwoo in the men’s 200m freestyle.
The 18-year-old swimmer from Korea kicked off his Olympic debut with a big-time heats performance of 1:44.62. That not only claimed the top seed heading into the semi-final but it also overwrote his own previous lifetime best and WJR mark of 1:44.96. That result was posted just this past May.
On his performance here in Tokyo to set the stage for a raging pair of semi-finals, the emerging teen superstar told SwimSwam, “I’m surprised at the time.”
He continued, “It wasn’t what I expected but I hope I can keep up this pace until the finals and end it well.”
Hwang’s time represented the only sub-1:45 performance and his outing overtook a significant national record held by Olympic champion Park Tae Hwan.
The newly-minted national record holder will race in lane 4 of heat 2, with another teen by the name of David Popovici of Romania giving us his semi-final performance in the prior heat. Flanking Hwang will be a pair of dangerous Britons to the tune of World Championships co-bronze medalist Duncan Scott and the man who touched 2nd behind him at their nation’s Trials, Tom Dean.
Others in heat 1 include Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer, Australian 19-year-old Tommy Neill and the World Championships co-bronze medalist Martin Malyutin of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).