KIM WOO-MIN QUALIFIES FOR DOHA WORLDS IN 400M FREESTYLE AT A TIME

Asia’s top freestyle middle and long-distance swimmer Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Office) has qualified for the 400-meter freestyle at the Doha 2024 World Aquatics Championships.Kim touched the touch pad in 3:45.26 to win the men’s 400-meter freestyle final at the 2024 Swimming Management National Selection Tournament at Gimcheon Indoor Pool in Gimcheon, Gyeongbuk, on Monday.The time fell short of his personal best of 3:43.92, but was well within the International Swimming Federation A record of 3:48.15, and Kim qualified for the World Championships in Doha next February.Second-place finisher Lee Ho-joon (22, Daegu Metropolitan Government) fell just short of the A mark in 3:48.81 and will not qualify for Doha.At the trials, Kim broke the FINA A record in three individual events.Kim took first place in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 7:52.84, breaking the FINA A record of 7:53.11.He finished second in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.06, behind Hwang Sun-woo (20-Gangwon Provincial Office), who won in 1:45.68. The International Federation A record in the 200-meter freestyle is 1:47.06.He will qualify for the World Championships in Doha next February if he improves his time and finishes in the top two in his event.The first-place finishers in each event who do not exceed the FINA A record and pass the Korean Swimming Federation (KSF) standard time will be considered by the Performance Improvement Committee to determine whether they will compete at the World Championships.Kim finished in the top two in the 400m, 800m, and 200m freestyle events, all of which were under the A mark.

However, he may give up his spot at the Doha World Championships to Lee Ho-joon, who finished third (1:46.07) in the 200m freestyle, and focus on his main events, the 400m and 800m.Kim won three gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games in the 400m and 800m freestyle and the men’s 800m freestyle relay.Having established himself as one of Asia’s strongest freestyle middle and long-distance swimmers, Kim will be looking to ‘break into the center of the world’ at the Doha World Championships.At last year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, Kim finished fifth in the 400-meter freestyle and 14th in the 800-meter freestyle.The 400-meter freestyle is an event that Kim will be aiming for a medal in at both the Doha 2024 World Championships and the Paris Olympics.As the men’s freestyle powerhouses consider skipping the Doha World Championships to focus on the Paris Olympics, Kim Woo-min’s chances of winning a World Championships medal in the 400-meter freestyle are increasing.”It’s my style to set my goals high and try to achieve them,” Kim said at the Asian Games prize-giving ceremony on March 24. “I reached the final of the 400m freestyle at the World Championships twice in a row in 2022 and 2023, so I want to stand on the podium in Doha next February. It’s a challenge I’m up for.”Only two South Korean swimmers, Park Tae-hwan and Hwang Sun-woo, have won a World Aquatics medal in management events, and Kim 카지노사이트 could be among those to do so next year.

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