South Korean swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon-do) cruised to his third consecutive Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after collecting his second gold medal at the 104th Jeonnam National Sports Games (NGN).
Hwang touched the touchpad in 1 minute, 45.72 seconds, the fastest among the competitors, to win the 200-meter freestyle final in the men’s general category at the Mokpo Indoor Swimming Pool in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do, on Saturday.
It was the second gold medal for Hwang, who won the men’s general 800-meter freestyle relay the previous day.
Hwang will also compete in the 400-meter freestyle relay (Sunday), 100-meter freestyle (Monday), 400-meter medley relay (Tuesday) and the mixed medley relay (Wednesday), which will be held as an exhibition event.
Despite being dehydrated and suffering from a high fever due to food poisoning just before the start of the Games, she has been performing backstroke after backstroke, gradually increasing her chances of winning five medals and becoming the first athlete in history to be named MVP of the Games for three consecutive years.
In weightlifting, Shin Jae-kyung (Pyeongtaek City Hall) won three titles in the women’s general category of 49 kg, lifting 80 kg in the lift, 102 kg in the snatch and 182 kg in the total.
It was the third consecutive triumph for Shin, who swept the gold medals in the event at the 100th Games in Seoul in 2019 and the 103rd Games in Ulsan last year.
The 101st and 102nd editions of the event were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kayaker Cho Kwang-hee (Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall), who was unable to fulfill her goal of winning three consecutive gold medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, which concluded this month, made up for it by winning both the single-seater 200 meters and double-seater 200 meters at the national championships.
Cho clocked a time of 35.735 seconds in the 200 meters in the single-seater and 34.108 seconds in the 200 meters in the two-seater with Jung Yoo-sung.
In athletics, “High School Thor” Park Si-hoon (Geum Ogo) won the men’s high school (6 kg) shot put for the second time this year, breaking the Korean record.
Park won the final with a throw of 19m28, a whopping 58 centimeters better than his previous Korean record of 18m70 set just four months ago at the Asian Junior Championships in Yecheon, North Gyeongsang Province.
Park, who holds the Korean primary (3㎏-19ｍ17) and secondary (4㎏-22ｍ53) records, has been showing off his “monster power” by breaking the high school record twice this year. 슬롯