Hwang Seon-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office) gave away world No. 1 in the men’s 100m freestyle swimming this season to defending world champion David Popovich (19, Romania).
Popovich won the 100m at the 2023 Romanian Swimming Championships on the 9th (Korean time) in 47 seconds and 61 seconds. Two days ago, Matthew Richards (21) reached the top of the British Swimming Championships with a time of 47.72 seconds.
According to the US swimming media ‘SwimSwarm’, when Hwang Seon-woo won the gold medal in the general division of the 103rd National Sports Festival in October last year, 47 seconds 78 was pushed down to third place in the world in the 2022-23 season freestyle 100m.
Popovich won the 100m at the 2022 World Championships, European Championships and World Youth Championships. Richards contributed to Britain’s ▲2020 European Championships Mixed Relay 4×100m Gold Medal and Men’s Relay 4×100m Silver Medal ▲2022 European Championships Mixed Relay 4×100m Silver Medal and Men’s Relay 4×100m Bronze Medal.
Katsuhiro Matsumoto (26) won the 20th World Championship national team selection event and the 99th Japan Swimming Championships on the 6th with a time of 47.85 seconds and jumped to 5th place in the 100m world ranking this season. 안전놀이터
Wang Haoyu (18) won the 100m at the 2023 Chinese Spring Swimming Championships in 47.89 seconds, down from 4th to 7th in the 2022-23 world rankings. A composition is being formed in which Hwang Seon-woo, Matsumoto, and Wang Hao-yu compete for the top spot at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games.
Hwang Seon-woo’s time of 47.56, set by passing the 100m semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021, is still a new Asian record. Matsumoto participated in the silver medal at the 2016 Asian Championships ▲bronze medal at the 2018 Pacific Championships ▲gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games as a member of the Japanese national team in the 4×100m relay race.
Wang Hao-yu’s steep rise, which reduced his personal best 100m record by 1.05 seconds in 544 days (1 year, 5 months, 26 days) after the 2021 Chinese Athletics Championships in 48 seconds and 94 seconds, is threatening. The Hangzhou Asian Games management event will be held from September 24 to 29.