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Koh Seung-hwan advances to the finals with 5th overall 200m at the 亞 Championships… Medal challenge in 6 years!

Attention is focusing on whether Korea’s men’s short-distance national athlete Ko Seung-hwan (26, Armed Forces Sports Corps) will be able to win a medal in six years.

Seunghwan Ko recorded 20.79 seconds in the men’s 200m final at the ‘2023 Asian Athletics Championships’ held at Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on the afternoon of the 15th (hereafter Korean time) and advanced to the final as second in the group.

Ko Seung-hwan, who finished 5th out of 40 contestants with a time of 20.91 in the preliminaries this morning, was assigned to Group 1 of the semi-finals with Xie Zhenye (China), who ranked 1st overall and a strong candidate for the championship.

Ko Seung-hwan was the first to quit the start with the start signal and ran to the 100m mark. Koh Seung-hwan, who entered the previous track, lost first place with 50m left, and passed the finish line in second place after losing first place to She Jeon-ye.

Koh Seung-hwan, who advanced 0.12 seconds ahead of the qualifying round먹튀검증, will challenge for the medal standings in the finals.

It has been six years since Park Tae-gun (31, Seocheon County Office), who holds the Korean record (20 seconds 40) at the 2017 Bhubaneswar Games, won the silver medal in 20 seconds 76.

At that time, Park Tae-gun won a medal 32 years after Jang Jae-geun, the head of the Athletes’ Village, won the championship in 1985. 

Ko Seung-hwan’s personal best (PB) is 20.51, and the season best (SB) is 20.53.

Japan’s Uzawa Towa (20.56) took first place overall in the semifinals.

Koh Seung-hwan, who advanced to the finals in 5th overall, believes that he will be able to win if he sets a personal best record according to the influence of the day’s condition and wind.

The men’s 200m final will be held tomorrow (16th) at 6:55pm.

Shin Min-gyu (23, Armed Forces Athletic Corps), who competed in Group 2 of the semifinals following Ko Seung-hwan, finished the tournament with a time of 21.15 seconds and was unable to make it to the finals.

Shin Min-gyu is a promising player who has set a record for each division (high school division) with 20 seconds and 84 seconds while attending Han River Media High School in 2017.

On the 12th, the two players teamed up with Simon Lee (22, Korea National Sport University) and Park Won-jin (20, Sokcho City Hall) to participate in the men’s 400m relay, recording 38 seconds 99 and winning the bronze medal at the 6th Jakarta Games in 1985 (Jang Jae-geun, Kim Bok-seop, Seong Nak-gun and Sim Deok-seop), the first bronze medal in 38 years.

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