Hwang Sun-woo reaches final of FINA World Aquatics Championships
Updated: 2022-06-20 14:55:09 KST
Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio us our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Good evening Paul.
Let's begin with swimming and Hwang Sun-woo.
He's through to the finals of the FINA World Aquatics Championships. What can you tell us?
Yes, in Budapest, Hwang finished third in one of Sunday's 200-meter freestyle semifinals.
He did so with a time of one minute-45.4-8 seconds.
Romania's David Popovici who finished first actually broke one of Hwang's old records the world junior record which was set in the heats of the Tokyo Olympics last year, with a time of one minute 44.4-zero seconds.
The two will go head-to-head in the men's 200-meter final on Monday night local time or the early hours of the 21st Korea time.
If either of them finish on the podium, it'll be their first long course World Championships medal.
And a first for Korea in 11 years, since Park Tae-hwan's gold in the men's 400 meters freestyle in 2011.
Meanwhile, Kim Seo-young finished sixth in the women's 200-meter individual medley final with a time of 2 minutes 11.3-zero seconds.
It was Kim's third final appearance in a row after Budapest in 2017 and Gwangju in 2019.
Elsewhere, Lee Ju-ho and Lee Eun-ji made it to the men's 100-meter backstroke semifinals.
Sticking with swimming, I understand FINA has decided to ban transgender swimmers from women's elite events. Tell us more.
FINA has voted to stop transgender athletes from competing in women's elite races if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty.
The new policy was passed on Sunday with 71 percent of the vote from the 152 FINA members. and was described as "only a first step toward full inclusion."
FINA also said it will aim to set up an "open" category for swimmers whose gender identity is different from their birth sex.
The policy will take effect starting today, June 20th 2022 and also says athletes who've previously used testosterone as part of female-to-male gender-affirming hormone treatment will only be eligible to compete in women's competitions if the testosterone was used for less than a year in total, the treatment didn't take place during puberty and if testosterone levels in serum are back to pre-treatment levels.
To baseball now. A first home run of the season for Park Hoy-jun.
Yes, infielder Park Hoy-jun has his first home run in Major League Baseball this year.
It came on Sunday night local time in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Park's solo homer was hit in the bottom of the third inning to reduce the deficit to 2-1 with the Pirates trailing 2-zero at the time.
It came off a 2-2 sinker from Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb.
Yonhap reports that the ball left Park's bat at 102.six miles per hour and travelled 119 meters over the right center field wall.
It was the fourth home run of his MLB career and first since September last year.
Sticking with MLB, bad news for the Toronto Blue Jays as pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin is out for the season due to injury.
Yes, I'm afraid so. Ryu has undergone elbow surgery and, according to Yonhap, it will keep him out for at least a year.
His team, the Toronto Blue Jays, made the announcement on Saturday before their match with the New York Yankees.
Ryu is to undergo what's known as "Tommy John Surgery", or Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction.
Tommy John, a pitcher from the 1970s, was the first to have this surgery, which is why it's named after him.
The Blue Jays had hoped that Ryu would only need a partial or minor repair but once the operation began a full repair was thought to be needed.
Ryu is in the third year of his four-year, 80-million U.S. dollar contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
He's 21-12 with an E-R-A of 4.zero-7 from 49 starts.
Earlier this season, he became only the second South Korean player in MLB history to surpass 1-thousand career innings.
To golf now. In KLPGA, Lim Hee-jeong won her first title of the season.
Despite her age, she has several professional wins under her belt already.
Lim Hee-jeong on Sunday won the national title and her first of the season at the DB Group Korea Women's Open Golf Championship.
It was the second major event of the season,
At Rainbow Hills in Eumseong, Chungcheongbuk-do Province, Lim carded a 19-under-par, six strokes ahead of runner-up Kwon Seo-yeon and seven strokes ahead of defending champion Park Min-ji… who was looking to defend her title for the second week in a row.
Park took the lead on the first day, carding a six-under-par 66 while Lim was tied for 13th place at four-under-par 78.
On the second day, Lim bounced back after carding 66 again at a 10-under par 134 to shoot up to first.
This is where she stayed until the end after another 66 on the final day.
Lim Hee-jung's 269 strokes is also a new record for the lowest number of strokes in this tournament.
The previous lowest was 17-under-par, 271, a record tied by 2018 champion Oh Ji-hyun and 2021 champion Park Min-ji.
Alright, thank you for that Paul. We'll see you next week.