Choi Dong-yeol, 3rd Place in Men’s 100m Breaststroke… Korea’s First Medal in 61 Years
Dong-yeol Choi (24, Gangwon Provincial Office) Won a Medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke at the Asian Games,
Becoming the First Korean Athlete in 61 Years.
As Choi Dong-yeol took third place, setting a new Korean record of 59.28 seconds in the men’s 100m breaststroke final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Swimming Management held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center swimming pool in Zhejiang, China, on the 25th.
Choi Dong-yeol, who beat his previous Korean record of 59.59 seconds at the Fukuoka World Championships last July by 0.31 seconds, also won his first Asian Games medal. 토토사이트
This is the first time a Korean athlete has reached the podium in this event at the Asian Games in 61 years since Jin Jang-rim,
who took third place at the 1962 Jakarta Games.
Choi Dong-yeol ranked second overall in the preliminaries with a time of 59.90 seconds.
The first place in this event’s preliminary round was Qin Haiyang (24, China),
four-time winner of the 2023 World Championships.
Qin Haiyang took first place, setting a new competition record of 58.35 seconds (previously 58.86 seconds).
In the finals, Qin Haiyang ran an unrivaled race.
Chin Hai Yang won, breaking his meet record yet again with a time of 57.76 seconds.
Choi Dong-yeol had a fierce battle with Yan Zibei (28, China) for second place.
Yan Zibei ranked second with a time of 59.09 seconds, 0.19 seconds ahead of Choi Dong-yeol.
Cho Sung-jae (22, Goyang City Hall) took fourth place with a time of 1 minute 00.88 seconds.
The Korea Swimming Federation sent the backstroke and breaststroke national teams to Australia last May.
Choi Dong-yeol, along with Seong-jae Cho and Lee Joo-ho, received a ‘4-week special training’ in Australia.
Choi Dong-yeol, who was named on the glorious list of medalists, said, “Seeing freestyle swimmers,
including Sun-woo Hwang, working hard and doing well gave other athletes a good motivation,”
added, “I also gained strength thanks to my colleagues who showed me that Korean swimming is also possible.
“He expressed his camaraderie.