Swimmer Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Office) suffered from food poisoning before the 104th National Sports Games in Jeonnam.
He ate the wrong food and his condition deteriorated rapidly.
Along with an upset stomach, she developed a fever and body aches. There was nothing wrong with her body, even if she had to withdraw from the competition.
But Kim insisted on competing.
“I thought I had to be strong as many people were cheering for me,” he said.
Kim won his first event despite being in the worst shape of his life.
He won the gold medal in the men’s general category 1,500m freestyle final at the National Championships in Mokpo Indoor Pool, Jeollanam-do, South Jeolla Province, with a time of 15 minutes, 15.75 seconds.
After the race, Kim Woo-min said, “I had a hard time running the race, but I thought it was an experience,” adding, “I’m still not in good shape, but I will focus on the rest of the race while dedicating myself to recovery.”
Despite being at his worst, Kim has no intention of giving up on the competition.
“I want to win the five gold medals I didn’t win last year,” he said.
Kim Woo-min, who won four gold medals at last year’s national championships, will be aiming for five at the Games.
In addition to the men’s general 1,500m freestyle, he will be looking to win the men’s general 400m freestyle, 400m medley relay, 400m freestyle relay and 800m freestyle relay.
If he wins five medals, he will also be in contention for his first ever Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
If Kim Woo-min is crowned MVP, he will also be able to stop team-mate Hwang Sun-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office) from becoming the first swimmer in history to win back-to-back MVP titles.
Hwang won the MVP award at the 2021 and 2022 Games, and if he wins it again, he will become the first player in history to win the award three years in a row.
“I will support Hwang Sun-woo and each other,” said Kim Woo-min, “but I won’t think of us as competitors.”
The two athletes are also teammates who need to work together.
Kim and Hwang will be part of the same team in the men’s 800m freestyle relay on 15, the 400m freestyle relay on 17 and the 400m medley relay on 19.
“I want to achieve good results in terms of times and rankings as we have been preparing hard,” said Kim, “and I hope to achieve good results with my teammates.”
Kim Woo-min is South Korea’s leading middle and long-distance swimmer, having won three gold medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
He was also named the male Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Korean team in Hangzhou, ahead of Hwang Sun-woo. 무료슬롯게임