World Championships 200m Freestyle Finalist Lee Ho-Joon “I’ve grown beyond belief”
Lee Ho-jun (Daegu Metropolitan Government), who shared the 200m freestyle final stage at the World Championships with Korean swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province), said with pride, “I’ve grown so much that I can’t believe it.”
The Korean swimming team arrived at Incheon Airport on July 31 after a successful World Aquatics Championships Fukuoka 2023.
The team won a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle with Hwang Sun-woo setting a new Korean record in the event. In addition, several athletes made significant achievements, including steady growth and a combined total of eight Korean records.
In particular, Lee Ho-joon made the final of the 200m freestyle, where Hwang Sun-woo was the center of attention, marking the first time ever that two Korean swimmers made the final.
This is a huge step forward for Lee, who did not compete in any individual events at the last World Championships in Budapest and only swam in the medley relay.
“My growth has been unbelievable,” said Lee, “I had some tough times, but I was able to get to this point because I persevered. I’m not satisfied with this achievement, but I want to continue to persevere and do even better.”
“I was very nervous because I was competing against good players, but competing against them made me a stronger player. It was a great time.”
Kim Woo-min (Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province), the new ‘middle and long distance powerhouse’, also returned from the World Championships full of confidence. 토토사이트
“I accomplished what I planned to do at the World Championships, so I want to keep the momentum going and do well at the Asian Games. I want to win four medals (including the 1500m, which I missed at the World Championships),” said Kim, who lowered his personal best times in all three events he competed in (400m freestyle and 800m men’s freestyle relay).
“I will continue to focus only on good results at the Asian Games, just like I have been doing so far,” he said.