Hwang Seon-woo, Australia’s dream again this year following last year?… Anticipation of Scals effect following Pope
Hwang Seon-woo (20, Gangwon Provincial Office), the ‘hope of Korean swimming’, is heading to Australia, the ‘promised land’, again this year. After attending training in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a member of the Korea Swimming Federation’s special strategic development team in April of last year, he showed clear growth. Expectations are high that Hwang Seon-woo, who is included in the federation’s special strategy development team, will grow further this year through a meeting with Richard Skalls Miami Swimming Club coach (Australia).
Hwang Seon-woo departs for Australia’s Gold Coast via Incheon International Airport on the 8th. Lee Ho-jun (22, Daegu Metropolitan City Hall), Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon-do Office), Yang Jae-hoon (25, Gangwon-do Office), etc. were also named, and this special strategy training team was formed to prepare for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September this year. The federation is expecting a gold medal in the men’s 800m토토사이트relay as well as the men’s 200m freestyle, which is Hwang’s main event. Training with Skalls will continue until the 15th of next month.
Last year, Hwang Seon-woo met Ian Pope, general manager of the Melbourne Swimming Club (Australia) in Australia, and started improving the dolphin kick movement and pace for six weeks, and saw great results. At the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, he won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle (1:44:47) and 5 new Korean records (200m freestyle, 400m relay, 2 800m relay, 400m mixed relay). At the Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, he won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle (1:39:72).
Hwang Seon-woo’s growth also had an impact on relay. Hwang Seon-woo, Lee Ho-jun, Kim Woo-min, and Yang Jae-hoon finished 4th in the men’s relay 800m final at the Melbourne Short Course World Championships last December with a new Korean record of 6:49:67, the highest ever in the team event at the World Championships. Hwang Seon-woo, who was the first runner, said, “(After being dispatched to Australia) I learned skills that are difficult to obtain in Korea in terms of kicks and turns. He also made it easier to adjust his pace.”
Coach Skalls believes it will help athletes improve their endurance and relay performance. At the 2015 Kazan World Championships in Russia, Cameron McAvoy (Australia) helped win the men’s 100m freestyle silver medal (47.95 seconds), and at last year’s Budapest World Championships, Elijah Winnington (Australia) won the men’s 400m freestyle gold medal (3:41). He is well versed in freestyle to the point of leading the 22nd).
Korean swimming continues to be in good shape after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so expectations are high for not only this year but also the 2024 Paris Olympics. Based on the ‘scals effect’, attention is focused on the role that Korean swimming will play at the Fukuoka World Championships in July, the Hangzhou Asian Games in September, and the Paris Olympics next year.