The Korean contingency for their own hosted World Championships contains several Asian Games medalists, giving them a good shot at potential finalists.
Reigning World Record holder Ippei Watanabe proved he is a gold medal contender for this summer’s World Championships, convincingly winning the 200m breast on the final night of the 2019 Japan Open.
Hiroko Makino produced the #6 200m fly time in the world to add her name to Japan’s roster for this summer’s World Championships.
This weekend’s Korean Trials #2 will see the nation’s best swimmers aiming to make the World Championships roster.
The first of two national swimming trials for Korea took place over the weekend, with Asian Games swimmers Moon Jaekwon and Kim Seoyong both in the water vying for qualification times for this summer’s World University Games (Summer Universiade).
Korea’s biggest swimming star, Park Tae Hwan, won his first individual race at the 2018 Korean Sports Festival after a gold-securing anchor on his squad’s 4 x 200m free relay last night.
Despite hinting at possible retirement, 2008 Olympic champion Park Tae Hwan of Korea is expected to compete at this 99th Korean National Swim Meet coming up later this month.
Although Kazakhstani Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin is physically in Jakarta, he is missing from the men’s 200m breaststroke start lists for the 2018 Asian Games.