“I tried to get my mind right after returning home,” said swimmer Baek In-chul (23-Busan Jung-gu Office), who continued his streak of breaking Korean records at the 104th Jeonnam National Sports Games (AG) following the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
“I felt relaxed after returning to Korea,” Baek said after winning the men’s 50-metre butterfly final in a new Korean record time of 23.15 seconds at the Mokpo Indoor Swimming Pool in Jeollanam-do, South Jeolla Province, on Thursday. “At some point, I felt that I had lost my mind, so I straightened up and trained again,” he said.
Baek In-chul has been breaking Korean records in the men’s 50 metres butterfly this year.
He set a Korean record of 23.50 at the national trials in March this year, then broke it in the Hangzhou Asian Games qualifiers on 28 March with a time of 23.39, before rewriting the record in the final on the same day with a time of 23.29.
He then broke the Korean record again at the national championships.
Before the Asian Games, Paik said he wanted to “break the 23-second barrier” and came within 0.15 seconds of the mark.
He credits his grandfather with the honour of breaking the Korean record.
“When I didn’t do well, my grandfather told me to go to graduate school and become a teacher,” Baek said, “but I put my studies on the back burner and focused on my training because I was still passionate about swimming.”
“My grandfather passed away not long ago, and I’m very sorry that I didn’t get to see him grow up,” he said.
After gaining confidence at the Asian Games and the National Championships, Paik vowed to give the world stage a real go.
“It has been difficult for me to reach the semi-finals at the World Championships,” he said, “but I think I can do well at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha next February. I want to have a good race with the best swimmers in the world.”
Baek’s time of 23.15 seconds is good enough to qualify for the final stage of the World Championships.
Two of the eight athletes in the final at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka touched the touchpad later than 23.15 seconds. 카지노사이트