[Asian Games] Kim Woo-min Advances to Finals in 1st Place in 400m Freestyle… Advancing Towards 3 Crowns
The Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Office), ‘Asia’s freestyle middle and long distance champion’, has safely entered the path to three Asian Games wins.
Kim Woo-min ranked first overall with a time of 3 minutes and 49.03 seconds in the men’s 400m freestyle preliminaries at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Swimming Management held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Zhejiang, China, on the 29th.
Other than Kim Woo-min, no athlete finished the race in under 3 minutes and 50 seconds in the preliminaries.
The record of 2nd place overall, Kiyu Ho Yan (Malaysia), was 3 minutes 51.31 seconds.
Fan Zhanle (China) finished the preliminaries in 3 minutes 53.38 seconds.
In the finals, which will be held at 9:21 pm Korean time,
As Kim Woo-min will challenge for his third gold medal of the competition. 온라인카지노
Kim Woo-min shared the gold medal with Hwang Sun-woo, Yang Jae-hoon (Gangwon Provincial Office),
Lee Ho-jun in the men’s 800m relay on the 25th,
won two gold medals in the 800m freestyle on the 28th,
setting a new competition record of 7 minutes 46.03.
Kim Woo-min, who took second place in the 1,500m freestyle,
will receive his fourth medal and third gold medal of this competition if he wins the main event, the 400m freestyle.
In the history of Asian Games swimming, there are only two Korean athletes who have won three gold medals in a single event.
Former Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choi Yun-hee
won the first triple gold medal in Korean swimming history at the 1982 New Delhi Games,
Park Tae-hwan won the triple gold twice in Doha in 2006 and Guangzhou in 2010.
The men’s 400m freestyle is Kim Woo-min’s main event.
Kim Woo-min broke his personal record in the preliminaries (3 minutes 44.50 seconds)
finals (3 minutes 43.92 seconds) in the men’s 400m freestyle at the 2023 Fukuoka World Championships
held in July this year and settled in the world’s top five.
Kim Woo-min, who took 6th place at last year’s Budapest competition with a time of 3 minutes 45.64 seconds,
shortened his record by 1 second 72 seconds in one year and also raised his personal best ranking at the World Championships to 5th place.
There is only one Asian athlete, Kim Woo-min,
who reached the finals of the men’s 400m freestyle at the World Championships last year and this year.
If Kim Woo-min becomes the 400m freestyle Asian champion as expected, Korean swimming
will become the first Korean swimmer to win three Asian Games gold medals in 13 years since Park Tae-hwan in 2010.