2021 KOREAN NATIONAL TRIALS
- Thursday, May 13th – Monday, May 17th
- Jeju Multi-Sports Complex Swimming Pool
- LCM (50m)
- Day 1 Recap
In addition to yesterday’s remarkable 100m swim which saw Cho Sungjae become Korea’s first-ever sub-minute 100m breaststroker, today’s Korean Trials session saw 18-year-old Hwang Sunwoo nearly crack the 48-second barrier in the men’s 100m free.
After having already punched a prelim time of 48.38, Hwang sliced .34 off to check-in with a significant swim of 48.04 to snag gold. That lowered his own Korean national record of 48.28, with today’s splits hitting 23.17 on the way out and 24.87 on the way home.
With his 48.04, Hwang now just sits .05 away from getting under the 48-second threshold. In the meantime, the teen now ranks as the 7th fastest man in the world, tying reigning Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia.
On his monumental swim, teen Hwang stated, “It feels great to break the national record again, 2 years in a row at the national trials. I did imagine what it would be like to swim under 48 but I broke my personal best so I’m very satisfied with today’s results.”
Kim Seoyeong also qualified for the Olympic Games by way of her 2:10.66 time in the women’s 200m IM. Postings splits of 28.51/32.22/39.23/30.65, Kim’s time is .03 quicker than the mark she already reaped at last November’s national meet, a time of 2:10.63 which renders her as the 11th fastest performer this season.
Although not an Olympic event, Choi Dongyeol broke the Korean 50m breast record by nailing a time of 27.21. That overtook the previous national standard of 27.47 Ju Janghoon set in 2017. He’ll also be racing the 200m breaststroke at these Trials.