99TH KOREAN SPORTS FESTIVAL
- Saturday, October 13th – Thursday, October 18th (swimming portion)
- Eonbuk Iksan Ungpo, Korea
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
- Results (Korean)
The main attraction of these Korean Nationals, Olympian Park Tae Hwan, was out of the pool tonight, awaiting his final event of the men’s 4 x 100m medley, which takes place tomorrow. But swift swims were still in order on the evening, led by national record holder An Sehyeon.
Competing in her pet event, the women’s 100m fly, An crushed a quick 57.96 to collect her 2nd gold of these Nationals after taking the 200m fly earlier this competition in 2:09.85. All of her swims here in Ungpo are taking place shortly after the Asian Games with no rest, so the fact she came within a second of her own 57.07 national record is a solid swim for the 23-year-old.
An’s win this evening incredibly marks her 8th consecutive national title in the 100m fly, dating back to her time of 59.32 notched in 2011. Last year she won the event in 57.86, but her 57.96 from tonight beats the 58.00 she produced for bronze at this year’s Asian Games. She holds the South Korean National Record in the 57.07 she registered for 5th place at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest.
In the very early season rankings, An now ranks as the top swimmer in the world in the women’s 100m fly event.
In the men’s 50m breaststroke event, Australian-trained Moon Jaekwon scored a new meet record, racing to the top of the podium in a time of 27.76. That outperformed the 27.88 he notched for gold last year and also represented the only swimmer under 28 seconds in tonight’s race.
Moon already captured the 100m breast silver here in 1:01.92. Most recently at the 2018 Asian Games, Moon finished 11th in the 50m breast in 28.26 and 6th in the 100m breast final with a time of 1:01.07.
- Yang Jaehoon took the men’s 100m freestyle in a time of 49.53, a new personal best.
- The men’s 100m fly saw Chang Gyu-Cheol top the podium in a mark of 53.19.
- Dal-Eun Kim was tonight’s 50m breaststroke victor for the women, stopping the clock at 31.65, a new personal best.