102nd KOREAN NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL
- October 10th – October 12th
- Gimcheon, South Korea
- LCM (50m)
- Results (in Korean)
While 18-year-old rising star Matt Sates was breaking World Junior Records in short course on the World Cup circuit, another breakout swimmer in his generation was getting the job done domestically.
South Korea’s multi-Olympic finalist Hwang Sunwoo, also 18, busted out a new lifetime best and national record in the men’s 200m IM while competing at the 102nd Korean National Sports Festival.
In Gimcheon tonight, Hwang threw down a time of 1:58.04 to top the 200m IM field handily. That outing overtook the previous national record of 2:00.31 that was held by Olympian Park Tae Hwan from 2014. As such, Hwang hacked over 2 seconds from that former mark.
Splits for the teen’s new record included: 25.66/30.36 (56.02)/34.91 (1:30.93)/27.11 (1:58.04)
Hwang’s personal best before this morning had been 2:00.77, a time he produced in March of this year as his first outing ever in the event. As such, the man has made a statement with tonight’s effort, getting under 2:00 in a matter of 7 months.
This is another exciting prospect of a race for the talented teen who nearly took a medal in both the 100m and 200m freestyle events at this summer’s Olympic Games. There in Tokyo, Hwang placed 5th in the 100m in 47.82 (47.56 in the semi-final) and then 7th in the 200m free in 1:45.26.
Hwang also took the men’s 50m free at this Festival, clocking a time of 22.23. That, too, checked in as a new personal best, slicing .16 off of his previous PB of 22.39 from the Olympic Trials. Hwang is now the 2nd fastest Korean man ever in the 50m free, sitting only behind national record holder Jaehoon Yang’s 22.16 from last year.