Ji Yu-chan, Men’s 50m Freestyle, Becomes the First Korean to Advance to the Semifinals of the World Championships

Ji Yu-chan (21, Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) became the first Korean athlete to reach the semifinals of the World Championships in the men’s 50m freestyle.

Yu-chan recorded a time of 21.93 seconds in the men’s 50m freestyle preliminaries at the 2024 International Aquatics Federation World Championships held at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar on the 16th, placing 10th out of 116 people and securing a ticket to the semifinals for the top 16.

Ji Yu-chan is the first Korean athlete to pass the World Championship preliminaries in this event. 바카라사이트

Ji Yu-chan tied for 17th place (22.19 seconds) in Budapest in 2022, ranking the highest in Korea in this event at the time.

He finished 24th in Fukuoka in 2023.

In Doha, he advanced to the semifinals and secured at least 16th place, securing the highest ranking in the men’s 50m freestyle.

From September 2023, Ji Yu-chan has been on a steep rise.

Ji Yu-chan set a new Korean record of 21.84 seconds in the 50m freestyle preliminaries of the Hangzhou Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China on the morning of September 25th last year, and won the gold medal by further shortening the record to 21.72 seconds in the final held that afternoon.

In November, he defeated Hwang Seon-woo (Gangwon Provincial Office) in the men’s 50m freestyle final at the 2024 Swimming Management National Team Selection, and won the right to participate in the Doha World Championships.

At that time, Ji Yu-chan finished the race in 22.15 seconds and Hwang Sun-woo finished the race in 22.43 seconds.

Asian Games champion’ Ji Yu-chan aims to advance to the finals of the men’s 50m freestyle world championships for the first time in Korea on the morning of the 17th.

Yang Jae-hoon (25, Gangwon Provincial Office) finished 44th out of 66 athletes in the men’s 100m butterfly preliminaries with a time of 55.39 seconds, failing to advance to the semifinals.

Kim Seung-won (14, Guseong Middle School), who competed in the women’s 200m backstroke preliminaries, ranked 22nd out of 32 athletes with a time of 2 minutes 17.16 seconds.

Han Da-kyung (24, Jeonbuk Sports Council) also placed 22nd out of 25 people in the women’s 800m freestyle preliminaries with a time of 8 minutes 54.74 seconds.

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