‘MVP candidate’ Hwang Sun-woo wins first gold medal… Heo Yeon-kyung breaks Korean record

South Korean swimming ace Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon-do), a favorite for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the 104th National Games in Jeonnam, won his first gold medal of the tournament.

Hwang joined Yeon Hee-yoon, Yang Jae-hoon and Kim Woo-min (all of Gangwon Province) to win the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay with a time of 7 minutes, 18.42 seconds at the 104th National Games in Mokpo Indoor Pool in Jeollanam-do on Friday.

After successfully completing his first gold medal attempt, Hwang will continue his quest for victory in the 200-meter freestyle (16), 400-meter freestyle relay (17), 100-meter freestyle (18) and 400-meter medley relay (19).

He will also swim in the 400-meter medley relay (18), which will be a trial event.

Hwang, who won five medals at the 102nd edition of the Games, which was canceled in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and four at the 103rd edition in Ulsan, which was held normally, will try to win the MVP award for the first time in history for three consecutive years.

Kim Seo-young (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), MVP of the 2019 100th National Games, won gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay with Choi Ji-won, Park Soo-jin, and Lee Do-ryun as the “Gyeongbuk Selection,” finishing first in 8:06.68. The team won its seventh consecutive national championship in the event.

After the race, Kim Seo-young said through her management company, All That Sports, “After the Asian Games, I was worried about recovering my physical condition, but I’m glad that I had a good race in the 800-meter freestyle relay,” and added, “Seeing my teammates doing their best before I was the last runner gave me more strength. I’m glad we were able to win the gold medal together.”

Diving sensation Woo Haram (NAM) won the men’s 3-meter springboard final with a total of 464.90 points from the first through sixth dives, ahead of Kim Young-nam (446.55 points – Jeju Provincial Office) and Lee Jae-kyung (441.30 points – Gwangju Metropolitan Sports Association).

Uharam finished fourth in the same event at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, which concluded this month, behind Lee Jae-kyung (bronze).

In the women’s senior competition, Heo Yeon-kyung (Bangsango) won the 50-meter freestyle final in a Korean record time of 24.97 seconds.

Sprinter Kim Kook-young (Gwangju), who won bronze in the men’s 400-meter relay in Hangzhou, returned to the men’s 100-meter crown after a four-year absence.

Kim clocked 10.35 seconds to win the 100-meter final on Sunday, beating Park Won-jin (10.40-Sokcho City Hall) and Lee Jun-hyuk (10.43-Ansan City Hall).

Kim Kook-young will try to win the 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay.

Kim Tae-hee (Iri Gong High School), the bronze medalist in the hammer throw at the Hangzhou Games, won the gold medal in the women’s high school final in the same event with a meet record of 60.22 meters.

She was nearly 9 meters clear of second-place Park Ha-ran (Daejeon Cheego-51m33).

Roller skater Choi Kwang-ho, who won gold in Hangzhou, was the first to cross the finish line in the 1,000-meter final in 1:24.476.

Choi’s wife, Lee Hae-won (Yeosu City Hall), also won the same event in the women’s general category. 스포츠토토

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