‘Hangzhou triple’ swimmer Kim Woo-min wins gold backstroke at national championships

After winning three medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Kim Woo-min (Gangwon-do) continued his momentum at the 104th Jeonnam National Games.

Kim was the first to touch the touchpad in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle final in 15:15.75 at the Mokpo Indoor Pool in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do, on Thursday.

Although he fell short of the record he set at last year’s Games (14:52.25), he had no trouble winning the gold medal.

Oh Se-bum (Anyang City Hall) finished in 15:20.77, followed by Jang Kyu-sung (Dokdo Sports Team) in 15:30.42.

Kim swept the men’s medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games, winning gold in the 800m freestyle relay, 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle. He took silver in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Kim was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Team Korea at the Asian Games.

He will be looking to repeat at the national championships. After his 1500-meter gold medal, Kim will compete in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, 400-meter medley relay, 400-meter freestyle relay, and 800-meter freestyle relay.

Baek In-chul (Jung-gu Office, Busan), who has become a household name in the short course of swimming, won gold in the men’s 50m butterfly in a Korean record time of 23.15 seconds.

After breaking the previous Korean record of 23.39 in the men’s 50m butterfly preliminaries at the Hangzhou Asian Games on March 28, Baek improved his time to 23.50 in the final that evening.

About three days later, he broke his own record by 0.14 seconds, setting another Korean record.

Lee Ju-ho (Seogwipo City Hall), who won a silver medal in the men’s 200-meter backstroke at the Hangzhou Asian Games, stood atop the podium in 1:58.00.

Lee won the gold medal in 1:56.54, 0.23 seconds faster than his previous Korean record (1:56.77) set in the Asian Games final.

Korean sport climbing sensation Seo Chae-hyun (The North Face) came from behind to win the women’s lead final at the Mokpo International Sport Climbing Stadium.

Seo, who finished second in the women’s combined semifinals at the Hangzhou Asian Games, took home the silver medal for her semifinal performance after the final was canceled due to rain. After a disappointing Asian Games, Seo continued her training and went on to win gold at the National Championships.

In the men’s 10,000-meter excluded roller skating event at Naju Sports Park, Chung Byung-kwan (Chungbuk Sports Federation) won gold in 15:15.122.

Jung Byung-kwan’s younger brother, Hangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Jung Byung-hee, took silver in 15:15.208.

Ryu Hansu (Samsung Life) won the men’s Greco-Roman 72 kg final of the competition wrestling at the Hampyeong Culture and Sports Center with a 3-1 decision over Lee Ji-yeon (Korea Land and Housing Corporation).

Ryu, who won gold at Incheon 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang 2018, was looking for a third straight Asian Games title in Hangzhou but was 사설토토 knocked out in the quarterfinals.

He moved up a weight class from his previous 67 kilograms to take the top spot on the podium.

Two-time Asian Games pentathlon champion Jeon Woong-tae (Gwangju Metropolitan Government) won gold in the team event.

In the individual competition, he took silver. In the men’s general pentathlon, Seo Chang-wan (Jeonnam Provincial Office) won the gold medal with 1561 points, ahead of Jeon Woong-tae (1558 points). Lee Ji-hoon (Korea Land and Housing Corporation) took the bronze medal with 1530 points.

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