“My goal is to set a 400m freestyle record of 3 minutes and 41 seconds.”
Kim Woo-min (23, Gangwon Provincial Office), who emerged as a top star by winning three gold medals at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held in 2023, now has his eyes set on the World Aquatics Championships and the Olympics.
For Kim Woo-min, who has yet to stand on the podium at major competitions such as the World Championships or the Olympics, this year is a good opportunity as both competitions are held at the same time.
An important year begins with a training camp in Australia with the men’s 800m relay team.
The special strategy training team for the 2024 Paris Olympics, consisting of Kim Woo-min, Hwang Sun-woo, Yang Jae-hoon (Gangwon Provincial Office), Lee Ho-jun (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall), and Lee Yu-yeon (Goyang City Hall), departed for Queensland, Australia, an overseas training camp, via Incheon Airport on the 5th. The men’s 800m relay team will be in Australia for four weeks.
Kim Woo-min, who appeared at the departure hall with a neat haircut, said, “There will be two major tournaments in 2024. “I will return to Australia with a new mindset so that I can achieve good results in big competitions,” he said. “Australia’s training environment helps develop a strong mentality.”
Kim Woo-min, who boasted rapid growth, enjoyed the honor of winning three gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games by winning gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle and the 800m swim race.
However, there are no medals at the World Championships, the next biggest stage after the Olympics. He placed 6th and 5th in the 400m freestyle at the 2022 Budapest Games and last year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, respectively.
He placed 6th overall in the 400m freestyle preliminaries at the Budapest Games and advanced to the finals of the World Championships for the first time. It was the second time for a Korean athlete to advance to the men’s 400m freestyle final at the World Championships in five years, after Park Tae-hwan at the 2017 Budapest Games. 메이저-토토사이트
Kim Woo-min also advanced to the finals in last year’s Fukuoka competition, ranked 6th in the preliminary round, and moved up one place in the rankings.
For Kim Woo-min, who has risen to 5th place in the world, the dream of a medal is not far away. I am determined to stand on the podium at the World Championships held in Doha, Qatar, in February this year.
He said, “I have a very strong desire to win a medal at the World Championships in Doha. “Only then can we expect better results at the Paris Olympics,” he said, adding, “The Doha World Championships will be a turning point.”
Kim Woo-min decided to put aside participation in the 1,500m freestyle for a while to focus on his main events, the 400m and 800m freestyle, and the 800m relay, which also has a high chance of winning a medal. He also secured a spot in the 200m freestyle at the Doha World Championships, but decided not to participate.
Regarding this, Kim Woo-min said, “I decided not to compete in the 200m freestyle in order to focus on the 400m and 800m freestyle, and the 800m relay. He explained, “The reason I decided not to participate in the 1500m freestyle was to focus more on the main event,” adding, “I have a strong desire to achieve better results in the 400m freestyle.”
Kim Woo-min’s analysis is that to be in the medal zone in the 400m freestyle at the World Championships and Olympics, a record of 3 minutes and 41 seconds must be achieved.
Kim Woo-min is rapidly shortening his record. Kim Woo-min, who recorded a time of 3 minutes 48.26 seconds at the national team selection in March 2022, repeatedly rewrote his personal best record in the preliminaries (3 minutes 45.87 seconds) and finals (3 minutes 45.64 seconds) of the Budapest World Championships.
Kim Woo-min, who cut his personal best to 3 minutes 45.59 seconds at the national team trials in March last year, surpassed himself again by recording 3 minutes 44.52 seconds in the Fukuoka World Championships preliminaries and 3 minutes 43.92 seconds in the final.
The current Korean record for the 400m freestyle is 3 minutes 41.53 seconds, held by Park Tae-hwan.
Kim Woo-min said, “You have to get into the 3:41 mark to keep up with the competition against world-class athletes. “He will be able to reduce his record further if he trains well in Australia,” he said, expressing his intention to shorten his record.
Meanwhile, the men’s relay team will temporarily return to Korea on February 3rd and then move to Doha, where the World Championships will be held, on the 7th of the same month. 카지노사이트존