VIDEO: Teen Hwang Sun Woo Crushes Park Tae Hwan’s KOR 100 Free Record – 48.25


  • Tuesday, November 17th – Friday, November 20th
  • Gimcheon Indoor Swimming Pool
  • LCM (50m)
  • Selection Meet for National Training Center Squad
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results

Following up on an explosive 200m breaststroke performance by Cho Sungjae on day 1 here at the 2020 Korea National Team Trials, another notable national record bit the dust.

17-year-old Hwang Sun Woo took down Olympic medalist Park Tae Hwan‘s longstanding 100m freestyle national record en route to nabbing told tonight. Hwang hit a time of 48.25, a mark which overtook Park’s 48.42 he put on the books back in 2014.

Splits for Hwang’s swim tonight included 23.38/24.87 to render him the new national record holder, as well as the recipient of KRW 1,000,000 (~USD $1000) in prize money.

After his groundbreaking swim the highschooler said, “Last year, my goal was to make it on the team as a relay member. Now, I’ve adjusted my goal to making it to finals in an individual event.”

We had our sights set on Hwang after the teen fired off a big-time personal best of 48.51 in the 100m free just last month. That outing rendered him as Korea’s 3rd fastest performer all-time and the 10th fastest performer in Asian swimming history.

However, with Hwang’s new 48.25 national record, he has now become the 4th fastest 100m freestyle swimmer in Asian history.

Top 5 Asian Men Performers in LCM 100 Freestyle

  1. Ning Zetao (CHN), 47.56 2014
  2. Katsumi Nakamura (JPN), 47.87 2018
  3. He Junyi (CHN), 48.10 2019
  4. Hwang Sun Woo (KOR) 48.25 2020
  5. Joseph Schooling (SGP), 48.27 2016

For additional perspective, Hwang’s 48.25 time tonight would lay waste to the U.S. National Age Group Record for 17-18 males, which is currently standing at the 48.78 Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel logged in 2015.

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2 years ago

His 200 will be even better. He’s already gone 1:46 low this year. Watch also for Kim Seoyeong in the 200 IM. She’s on form and and has a best time of 2:08.3.

2 years ago

Looks like he could be a hell of a 200FRer with that stroke.

Swimming Rambo
Reply to  Erik
2 years ago

His personal best for 200M Free is 1:46.31. He may break it later this week the way he’s swimming.
His race starts at 46:30.
It’s a timed final (heat 4) against other high school swimmers.

Swimming Rambo
Reply to  Erik
2 years ago

Update: He went 1:45.92 today.
That’s the fastest time in the world in 2020.
Michael Phelps’ 17-18 NAG time is 1:45.99.

Last edited 2 years ago by Swimming Rambo
M Palota
2 years ago


Doesn’t look particularly large… Anybody know height & weight?

Swimming Rambo
Reply to  M Palota
2 years ago

Height: 186cm (about 6ft 1in)
Weight: 72kg (about 158 lbs)
Wingspan: 193cm (about 6Ft 4in)

He’s still 17 so he may grow a bit more by the time he shows up in major competitions after Covid.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimming Rambo
2 years ago

Basically a Cam McEvoy body. All body types can go fast, from linebacker/tight ends Adrian/Flo, to ripped but chicken-legged Dressel, to McEvoy.

2 years ago

Regarding top 5 Asian performances, didn’t Shinri Shioura lead off the Japan 400 Free relay in 47 in Rio?

Nvm it was Nakamura

Last edited 2 years ago by Riccardo
2 years ago

This next gen are going to be so bloody fast!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

“Going” to be? Some already are!

2 years ago

Ok now 👀👀

Tommy Elliot
2 years ago

Any footage anywhere?

Swimming Rambo
Reply to  Tommy Elliot
2 years ago
His race starts at 30:30 in lane 4.

2 years ago

What in the world…

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