Hwang Sun-woo (20-Gangwon Provincial Government) and Fan Zhan-li (19-China), Asia’s top two freestyle swimmers, will meet at the FINA World Championships.
The Chinese Swimming Federation announced its 41-man roster for the 2023 World Championships on Friday. Fan Zhanle is one of 19 men’s athletes named.
According to US swimming publication Swimswarm, Fan Zhanle is the 2022-23 world number one in the 100-200m freestyle. Hwang is rated fifth in the 100m and second in the 200m.안전놀이터
While these are unofficial records that have yet to be approved by the Asian Swimming Federation (ASF), there is still time before the World Championships, so it is possible that Panzaner will go into the event as the undisputed Asian number one.
Panzaner’s winning time of 1:44.65 in the 200m at the 2023 Chinese Championships is also a career best. Hwang Sun-woo’s personal best is 1:44.47, set when he was runner-up at the 2022 World Championships. The gap is just 0.18 seconds.
In both events, Hwang is among the top five in the world this season, thanks to his gold medals at the 103rd National Games in October 2022 in the 100m (47.78) and 200m (1:44.67).
Panzaner has shown that he is in top form right now. There is a growing need for Hwang Sun-woo to show that he is worthy of the 200m silver medallist at last year’s World Championships and the Asian record holder in the 100m.