Hwang Sunwoo Dips Under 48 Seconds To Lower Korean Record In Men’s 100 Free


Just hours removed from a gutsy performance in the men’s 200 freestyle final, South Korean standout Hwang Sunwoo showed no signs of fatigue in the prelims of the 100 free, blasting his way to a new National Record.

Hwang leaned on his back-end speed to put up a time of 47.97 from Heat 7, taking down his previous South Korean Record of 48.04, set at the country’s Olympic Trials meet in May.

The 18-year-old turned fifth in his heat in 23.23, but closed in a scorching 24.74, the fourth-fastest back-half in the field, to take second in the heat, just behind Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (47.89).

Split Comparison

Hwang, Olympic Trials Hwang, Olympic Games
23.17 23.23
24.87 24.74
48.04 47.97

Hwang is now just over three tenths shy of the Asian Record in the event, which was set by China’s Ning Zetao at the 2015 World Championships in 47.65.

Hwang ultimately qualifies sixth into the semi-finals, with Italian Thomas Ceccon the surprise top qualifier in a time of 47.71.

In the 200 free, Hwang broke the World Junior Record in the prelims in a time of 1:44.62, also breaking Park Tae Hwan‘s Korean Record, and he led the majority of the final on Tuesday morning, ultimately finishing seventh in 1:45.26.

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1 year ago

This is the crazy lad who took out his 200 in a 49.7 I was more or less expecting this. What a stud.

tea rex
1 year ago

Slightly off-topic: what is Park Taehwan’s deal? Has he officially retired?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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