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Swimmer Hwang takes silver in 200-m freestyle at world tourney
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Swimmer Hwang takes silver in 200-m freestyle at world tourney
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  • 승인 2022.06.22 01:20
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Hwang Sun-woo (left) on June 20 poses for a photo at the awards ceremony after claiming the silver medal in the men's s 200-m freestyle at this year's FINA World Championships, along with gold medalist David Popovici from Romania (middle) and bronze medalist Tom Dean from the U.K. (Yonhap News)
Hwang Sun-woo (left) on June 20 poses for a photo at the awards ceremony after claiming the silver medal in the men's s 200-m freestyle at this year's FINA World Championships, along with gold medalist David Popovici from Romania (middle) and bronze medalist Tom Dean from the U.K. (Yonhap News)

Hwang Sun-woo is the first Korean to earn a silver medal in the men's 200-m freestyle in the world swimming championships.

At Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, the swimmer on June 20 had a time of 1:44.47 in the final to win second place at the FINA World Championships.

This time is 0.15 seconds faster than what Hwang posted (1:44.62) in the preliminaries of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics last year, thus setting a Korean record.

Hwang was in the third lane and got off to a good start, taking off the earliest at 0.61 seconds.

He was in third to fourth place through 150 m, and saw explosive acceleration in the last 50 m to finish second.

The gold went to David Popovici from Romania (1:43.21) and the bronze to Tom Dean from the U.K. (1:44.98).

Hwang is the first Korean to earn a medal in the world championships since 2011, when Park Tae-hwan won the gold in the men's 400-m freestyle in Shanghai, China. Hwang's silver is also Korea's first in the men's 200-m freestyle since 2007, when Park took bronze in Melbourne, Australia.


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