Ji Yu-chan, Men’s 50m Freestyle Gold Medal for the First Time in 21 Years
[Asian Games] Ji Yu-chan, Men’s 50m Freestyle Gold Medal for the First Time in 21 Years…
Also a New Competition Record
Breaking the Korean competition record in the preliminaries and finals…
Second gold medal after Kim Min-seok in 2002
Ji Yu-chan (21, Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) won the gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle at the Asian Games, becoming the first Korean athlete in 21 years.
As Ji Yu-chan took the top spot by hitting the touchpad in 21.72 seconds in the men’s 50m freestyle final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center swimming pool in Zhejiang, China, on the 25th. 온라인카지노사이트
Ji Yu-chan, who took first place in the preliminaries with 21.84 seconds,
breaking both the competition record (previous 21.94 seconds) and the Korean record (previous 22.16 seconds),
won the gold medal with an even shorter record in the finals.
This is the second time in history that a Korean athlete has won the men’s 50m freestyle at the Asian Games,
21 years after Kim Min-seok (joint first place) at the 2002 Busan Games.
Ji Yu-chan also won Korea’s first gold medal in swimming at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
It was Ji Yu-chan who first stopped China’s scary streak of dominating gold medals in nine consecutive events in the swimming competition at this competition.
Ji Yu-chan predicted gold in the preliminaries.
He finished the race in 21.84 seconds in the 50m freestyle preliminaries held this morning,
setting a new competition record, 0.10 seconds ahead of the 21.94 seconds set by Ning Zetao (China) at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Ji Yu-chan, who set the goal of ‘entering the top 21’ while preparing for the Hangzhou Asian Games,
repeatedly broke her own, Korea’s, and Asian Games records in the preliminaries and finals,
won a shining gold medal in her first Asian Games appearance.
Second place was Hoi An Yantou (Hong Kong), who finished the race in 21.87 seconds.
Fan Zhanle (China), who set a new Asian record of 46.97 seconds in the 100m freestyle the previous day,
took third place with 21.92 seconds, 0.20 seconds slower than Ji Yu-chan.
After the game, Ji Yu-chan said, “After the preliminaries,
I said, ‘I will challenge for the gold medal,’
but I wasn’t confident that I would win,” and added,
“Winning the gold medal this time allowed me to work harder and love swimming more.”
At the ceremony, Ji Yu-chan held up the Taegeukgi and waved his hand to the cheering teammates and Korean spectators.