Seon-woo Hwang (18, Seoul Che High), the future of Korean swimming, was honored to be selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of this tournament by winning 5 gold medals in the national sports competition as the last student.
Hwang Seon-woo was a member of the Seoul starting team in the men’s high school medley relay 400m final group match at the 102nd National Sports Festival held at Gimcheon Swimming Pool in Gyeongsangbuk-do on the 14th, and won the championship with a record of 3:43.07.
The 400m medley relay is a team event in which four swimmers from a team swim 100m each in the order of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle. Hwang Seon-woo took on the last 100m freestyle section in Seoul following Lee Soo-min, Choi Myeong-jae, and Hwang Bo-jun-heon on this day, beating the 2nd place race (3:46.42) by more than 3 seconds.
With this win, Hwang Seon-woo took gold medals in all five events in this tournament. Hwang Seon-woo, whose main events are the 100m and 200m freestyle, took first place in the 50m freestyle and 800m relay on the 10th, and the 200m individual medley and 400m relay on the 12th. In particular, in the 200m individual medley, he set a new Korean record of 1:58.04, shortening Park Tae-hwan’s previous Korean record (2:00.31) by 2.27 in a whopping 7 years and 3 months. It was meaningful because it was the first time to break the 2nd squad wall.
In particular, Hwang Seon-woo became the first and only five gold medalist in this tournament, beating out Kim Je-deok (Gyeongbuk Il High) and Lee Yun-seo (Seoul Sports High School), who had four medals side by side, and 55 out of a total of 64 votes in the voting results of the reporters belonging to the Korea Sports Journalists Association. and was selected as the MVP.
Hwang Seon-woo, who is about to graduate from high school, decided to join the business team instead of college to prepare for next year’s Fukuoka World Championships, the Hangzhou Asian Games, and the 2024 Paris Olympics. Hwang Seon-woo said, “I am happy to have achieved the beauty of Yujong in the last high school competition.”
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