World Junior Swimming Championships Silver Medalist Kim Jun-woo Returns Home... “The National Sports Festival is Also the Best”
Kim Jun-woo (16, Gwangseong High School), who won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships for the first time in Korean swimming history, returned to Korea receiving congratulations.
Kim Jun-woo arrived at Incheon International Airport with his junior national team teammates on the afternoon of the 11th.
After returning to Korea, Kim Jun-woo said through the Korea Swimming Federation, "I am grateful to coach Hwang Seong-tae, Kim Byeong-gil, and Lee Seong-cheol for helping me mentally so that I could focus on the game and have a good experience." 온라인카지노
He added, "I was a little burdened by the attention I received after winning the medal, but I felt very happy."
I will do my best at the upcoming National Sports Festival,” he said.
Kim Jun-woo took second place in the men's 1,500m freestyle at the 2023 World Junior Championships held in Netanya, Israel on the 10th (Korean time) with a time of 15 minutes 01.94 seconds.
Kim Jun-woo is the second Korean athlete to win a medal at the World Junior Swimming Championships, which was held for the 9th time since the first competition was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2006.
Ha-jeong Yang took third place in the women's 100m butterfly at the Peruvian Games last year, giving Korean swimming its first ever World Junior Championships medal.
Kim Jun-woo was the first Korean junior athlete to receive a silver medal.
In addition, he gained the symbolism of beating Kim Woo-min (22, Gangwon Provincial Office), the leading mid- and long-distance swimmer in Korea.
Kim Jun-woo's time of 15 minutes 01.94 seconds in this competition is 1.02 seconds ahead of Kim Woo-min's time of 15 minutes 02.96 seconds, who won the 1,500m freestyle at the Korean national team selection last March.
Kim Jun-woo, who rose to the top of the Korean men's 1,500m freestyle rankings in 2023, approached the standard record (15:00.99) for participation in this event at the 2024 Paris Olympics by 0.95 seconds.
At the airport, Korea Swimming Federation President Chung Chang-hoon said, "I am proud of the team who did their best in an unfamiliar environment and achieved good results and confirmed who the next generation of Korean swimming will be."
He added, "Through this experience, I hope to greet the senior team again in the near future."
“I look forward to the day coming,” he encouraged.
In this competition, the Korean team won one silver medal and finished tied for 18th place out of 94 participating countries.