It’s like watching a fan meeting. Every step of Wang Soon (29, China) is exploding with enthusiasm for coverage.
Wang Soon won the gold medal in the men’s 200m individual medley final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Swimming Pool in Zhejiang Province, China, breaking his Asian record with 1:54.62.
Since then, attention has been focused around the world on Wang-soon’s every move. With his 191cm tall height, warm appearance, and muscular and solid body, he is drawing explosive reactions from Chinese fans. Posts praising Wang-soon’s appearance are also pouring out in Korea.
She is already one of the best swimming stars in China. Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, where the competition is being held, he started showing off his unique talent by setting a new Asian record in the men’s 400m individual medley at the 2011 Chinese Swimming Championships. He was also a torch-bearer at the opening ceremony of the tournament. He has nearly 5 million followers on his social networking services (SNS).
In 2016, he became the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal in the men’s individual medley 200m at the World Championships, and furthermore, at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, he set an Asian record and won a gold medal.
The momentum has not been good lately. At the Fukuoka World Championships in July, he failed to advance to the men’s 200m medley final, the main event.
But I sweated even thicker. Since then, he has focused more on training and has once again stood at the top of the podium, breaking his Asian record in this tournament.
Chinese reporters are also enthusiastic. Chinese reporters are paying keen attention to Wang Soon despite the fact that there are outstanding gods such as Pan Zhanler (19) and Wang Haoyu (18). When Wang Soon appeared in the joint coverage area (mixed zone), they were busy taking out their cell phones and filming videos together.
He even asked, “What do you think of the evaluation of being handsome?” Wang-soon waved her hands as if she was embarrassed and moved away from the reporters.
At the official press conference, questions were focused on Wang-soon. When questions were focused on him in front of his juniors, he smiled embarrassingly. Wang Soon said, “I am the oldest in the team, and I am getting a lot of attention by playing the role of the oldest brother.” I think it’s a trustworthy result, he said. “I think everyone thinks of me as the eldest brother as I lead the team even during the game.”
Posts posted on SNS also became a hot topic. Wang-soon, who won the gold medal the previous day, said on her Weibo, “I’m happy to win a gold medal, but I’m more happy to break the Asian record on my own,” adding, “29 years old is just a number.” Those who think I’m not good, do you think this result is okay?” he wrote.
Asked by reporters about this, he replied, “I am an athlete, so I have to prove myself in the game.”
His questioning continued. This is Wang Soon’s fourth Asian Games. Asked how he felt about him, he said, “I participated in this competition with a feeling of excitement. I’m very happy to play in this stadium. I’m satisfied with winning gold and silver medals, he said. When asked if he would retire, he replied, “I’m going to plan in the future after finishing the Asian Games well.”