[Asian Games] Lee Joo-ho Sets a New Korean Record in the 200m Backstroke and Wins a Silver Medal
Joo-ho Lee (28, Seogwipo City Hall) set a new Korean record and won a silver medal in the men’s 200m backstroke.
Lee Joo-ho took second place with a time of 1 minute 56.54 seconds in the men’s 200m backstroke final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Swimming Management held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center swimming pool in Zhejiang, China, on the 29th.
1 minute 56.54 seconds is a new Korean record, 0.23 seconds better than Lee Joo-ho’s 1 minute 56.77 at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The gap with Xu Jiayu (China), who won in 1 minute 55.37 seconds that day, was quite large at 1.17 seconds,
but Lee Joo-ho also finished third place Hidekazu Takehara (Japan),
who finished the race in 1 minute 57.63 seconds, by 1.09 seconds.
Xu Ziyu dominated the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke events at this competition. 카지노사이트
Lee Joo-ho, who we met after the game, said, “It is difficult to catch up with Xu Ja-yu in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
Still, we will be able to close the gap in the 200m,” and added, “I won a silver medal in the individual event this time,
so I will challenge for a gold medal at the Asian Games to be held in three years.” He said.
Lee Joo-ho won two consecutive medals (3rd place) in the 100m backstroke by placing 3rd in both the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang and this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games.
Five years ago, he finished 5th in the 200m backstroke at the Jakarta-Palembang Games.
This time in Hangzhou, he also topped the podium in the 200m backstroke.
Lee Joo-ho won a total of four medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games,
including two individual events (200m backstroke, 2nd, 100m 3rd) two team events (men’s 400m medley relay, 2nd, mixed 400m medley relay, 3rd).
Lee Joo-ho is the first Korean swimmer to win two or more medals in the individual backstroke event at a single Asian Games.
Lee Joo-ho said, “Our Korean backstroke athletes are working really hard.
We can’t say that they are on par with China and Japan, but they are working hard to keep up,”
asked, “Please support our backstroke juniors.”
However, Lee Joo-ho soon showed his desire to win with a cheerful tone,
saying, “I will participate in the Asian Games in four years, so until then, I will be a senior ahead of my juniors.”