Faster Than Phelps: 17-Yr-Old Hwang Sun Woo Hits 1:45.92 LCM 200 Free WJR


  • Tuesday, November 17th – Friday, November 20th
  • Gimcheon Indoor Swimming Pool
  • LCM (50m)
  • Selection Meet for National Training Center Squad
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Day 2 Recap
  • Results

17-year-old Hwang Sun Woo already impressed at these 2020 Korean National Team Trials, taking down a national record in the men’s 100m free yesterday.

Stopping the clock in a lifetime best of 48.25, Hwang’s outing overtook the previous NR of 48.42 Olympic medalist, and most successful swimmer from the nation ever, Park Tae Hwan, put on the books back in 2014. You can read more about Hwang’s swim using the day 2 recap link above.

However, buckle your seat belts as you’re about to learn that the teen has now put the 200m free national record on notice. Busting out a monster time of 1:45.92, Hwang topped the podium by well over 2 seconds to get under the 1:46-threshold for the first time in his young career.

Opening in the first half of 51.78 and closing in 54.14, Hwang’s time tonight laid waste to his already eye-popping personal best of 1:46.31 thrown down just last month. That mark already put him among Asia’s best, ranking him as the 10th fastest man ever from the continent.

However, entering entirely new territory with his 1:45.92, Hwang sits just over a second outside Park’s national record of 1:44.80. His performance this evening rockets him up to become Asia’s 7th fastest performer all-time.

All-Time Asian Performers – Men’s LCM 200 Free

  1. Sun Yang (CHN), 1:44.39 2017
  2. Park Taehwan (KOR), 1:44.80 2010
  3. Katsuo Matsumoto (JPN), 1:45.22 2019
  4. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:45.23 2014
  5. Sho Uchida (JPN), 1:45.24 2009
  6. Ji Xinjie (CHN), 1:45.48 2019
  7. Hwang Sun Woo (KOR), 1:45.92 2020

For additional perspective, Hwang’s time tonight would register as an American age mark, overtaking the Michael Phelps’ 17-18 National Age Record of 1:45.99 the GOAT put up in 2003.

Hwang’s outing would have rendered the Korean as the 8th place finisher at last year’s FINA World Aquatic Championships.

As a final resume addition, Hwang can now call himself the World Junior Record holder, with his 1:45.92 stunner easily dipping under Aussie Elijah Winnington‘s 1:46.13 that’s been in place since 2018. Splits for Winnington’s swim included 51.44/54.69 for his 1:46.13.

Race starts at 15:22

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 years ago

Apparently the record almost didn’t count because the meet barely got the proper accreditation in time? Sounds like something about not having proper doping inspection.. Does anyone know more about this?

Amazing swim though, glad he officially gets the record.

2 years ago

Remarkable swim. Why is it that non-American swimmers seem to go so fast at such a young age? Is it because they do more long course meters training than American swimmers? Or is their training more anaerobic at a younger age, resulting in faster times earlier? I ask because Australia consistently develops world class sprinters under the age of 20, and Kristin Milak holds the 200 fly WR at 19. That kind of speed as a teenager is nearly unheard of in American men. Phelps, Pierson, and Michael Andrew are all that comes to mind.

Reply to  Mikeh
2 years ago

Remember that these are the best of their country that come every 5 years or so.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Khachaturian
2 years ago

For S.Korea it’s been almost 15 years.

Reply to  Mikeh
2 years ago

This swim is worth less FINA points than Urlando’s 200 Fly PB at the same age.

2 years ago

Imagine Townley with those abs.

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

sub 1:30 200 free long course

2 years ago

And so the torch has been passed

2 years ago

Why do his abs look so angry

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

He is only going to get better too. A very motivated young man.

2 years ago

When I go to the plastic surgeon for liposuction and chest and abdominal implants I’m going to say “Doc give me the Sun-Woo!”

Corn Pop
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

What about the thigh gap?

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Can’t afford both.

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Why would a man want a tigh gap?

Swimmer A
2 years ago

His kick OMG

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swimmer A
2 years ago


Reply to  Swimmer A
2 years ago

Start to finish. Never changed. Amazing.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

Read More »