The 2020 Asian Swimming Championships represents the latest international event to be postponed on the heels of the Olympic Games’ push to July 2021.
The Korean contingency for their own hosted World Championships contains several Asian Games medalists, giving them a good shot at potential finalists.
Korean medal hopeful An Sehyeon missed qualifying for this summer’s World Championships in both the 100m and 200m fly events, although her nation’s official roster for Gwangju won’t be released until next week.
Kim Seoyeong put up the world’s 12th fastest 400m IM time at Korean Nationals #2 to qualify for this summer’s World Championships on her home turf.
With the 2019 World Championships taking place this summer in Gwangju, Korea in just a handful of months, SwimSwam spoke with Gwangju Organizing Committee Secretary General, Dr. Cho Youngteck, on how the preparations are coming along.
” I am confident that those who visit Gwangju, Korea will love its nature, culture and food and I hope all the athletes, families and communities will enjoy the beautiful sceneries our region has to offer,” says Olympic champion Park Tae Hwan of the FINA World Championships coming to his home nation just over 2 months from now.
A source close to the Korean Swimming Federation told SwimSwam today that Park’s non-participation in the swimming events at Worlds is indeed confirmed.
There’s been a last-minute change to the 2019 Korean World Championships Trials, as the nation’s swimming federation has been asked to move the dates and location of the event due to conflicts with preparations for this summer’s main FINA event.
Korea’s most successful swimmer of all-time, Park Tae Hwan, has been busy with his duties as an official ambassador for the 2019 World Championships taking place in his home nation. But, it’s becoming more suggestive that a role outside the pool may be all that Park will be offering in Gwangju.
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).
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Daiya Seto will start his hunt for a four-peat in the prelims of the men’s 400 IM.
Rapsys’ 1:40.95 broke Park Tae Hwan’s Championship Record of 1:41.03.
Chad Le Clos ended up finishing 10th in the 200 free in a time of 1:43.19.