South Korea’s men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team set another national record, but fell just short of a first medal.
South Korea clocked 7:04.07 in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay final at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships at Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, on Monday. They finished sixth out of eight nations in the final.
The Korean men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team of Hwang Sun-woo (20), Kim Woo-min (21), Yang Jae-hoon (25, Gangwon-do) and Lee Ho-joon (22, Daegu Metropolitan City) missed out on the country’s first team medal at a World Aquatics Championships, but closed the gap on the world leaders.
South Korea 토토 reached the final of the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay for the first time in Budapest last year, finishing a career-best sixth. The team broke the Korean record in both the preliminaries (7:08.49) and final (7:06.93).
After a year of growth, the team broke the Korean record by 0.11 seconds in the morning preliminaries with a time of 7:06.82, and shaved a whopping 2.75 seconds off the Korean record in the final.
Hwang Sun-woo (1:46.35), Kim Woo-min (1:44.84), Yang Jae-hoon (1:48.35), and Lee Ho-joon (1:44.53) ran the final. Hwang Sun-woo was not in the best of physical condition.
Hwang was fifth through the first 200 meters before Kim Woo-min took over at the 400-meter mark. Yang Jae-hoon dropped to seventh, but the final stroker, Lee Ho-joon, swam the remaining 200 meters in a personal best of 1:44.53 to touch the touchpad in sixth.
Great Britain won the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay in 6:59.08 to regain the top spot for the first time in six years and three events since Budapest 2017. Defending champion USA was second in 7:00.02.