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Hwang Sun-woo 20, Gangwon Special Self-Governing Provincial Government and Pan Zan-ler 19, two young men representing swimming in Korea and China, shared playful congratulations to each other and strengthened their friendship.
The two, who are one year apart, have been close to each other through many international competitions. In this tournament, Pan Zanler approached Hwang Sun-woo first.
After winning the silver medal in the men's 800m relay final on the 25th, Pan Zanler secretly drew a "V" behind Hwang Sun-woo's head, who won the gold medal. It was a celebratory joke. Hwang Sun-woo smiled brightly when he noticed this.
On the 26th, the opposition took place. South Korea, which includes Hwang Sun-woo in the men's 400m medley relay, won a silver medal, and China, with Pan Zanler at the forefront, won a gold medal.
This time, Hwang Sun-woo approached Pan Zanler and secretly drew a V behind his head. He remembered Pan Zanler's prank the day before and celebrated in the same way. Afterwards, the two smiled and talked while going down the podium.
The two also praised each other at the Fukuoka World Swimming Championships in July.
"Hwang Sun-woo is a good friend before he is a competitor," said Pan Zanler, who always "taps" Hwang Sun-woo, who is interviewed in the mixed zone. "Competition with him is inevitable, but our friendship will continue."
Hwang Sun-woo also said, "Panjanler is such a cute friend. I've already become attached a lot," he said. "I have a good player like Pan Zanler, which stimulates me a lot. I will prepare harder to catch up with Pan Zanler," he said.
Meanwhile, Hwang Sun-woo, who won his first Asian Games gold medal in the 800m relay, will hunt for additional gold medals through the 200m freestyle and 400m mixed medley relay finals on the 27th.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023