Kim Seo-yeong is eliminated in the 400m IM

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Kim Seo-yeong is eliminated in the 400m IM

GWANGJU - Kim Seo-yeong of Korea was eliminated in the preliminary heat of her final event at the world championships Sunday.

Kim clocked 4 minutes and 40.55 seconds to finish 10th overall in the preliminary of the women’s 400 meter individual medley (IM) at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.


Kim Seo-yeong was eliminated in the preliminary heat of her final event at the world championships Sunday. [YONHAP]

Only the top eight advanced to the final set for later Sunday. Kim was 1.62 seconds behind the eighth-place Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary.

Kim’s national record time in the event is 4 minutes and 35.93 seconds. She won silver at the 2018 Asian Games in the 400 meter IM in 4 minutes and 37.43 seconds.

Kim finished ninth in the preliminary at the 2017 worlds to also miss the final.

In the medley, swimmers race in the order of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Swimming in the second of three heats, Kim stayed in third place through the butterfly and backstroke portions but fell to sixth place after the breaststroke leg. She tried to make up ground in freestyle but only ended up in fourth place in her heat.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, a three-time defending champion, won the preliminary in 4 minutes and 35.40 seconds.

Kim remains the only Korean to have raced in a final in swimming. She did so in the 200 meter IM last Monday and finished sixth. Only three others have gone as deep as the semifinals: Park Su-jin in the women’s 200 meter butterfly, Lee Ju-ho in the men’s 200 meter backstroke and Back Su-yeon in the women’s 200 meter breaststroke.

Earlier in the day, Kim Min-suk ranked 21st in the men’s 400 meter IM preliminary with a time of 4 minutes and 22.06 seconds. The top eight qualified for the final scheduled for later Sunday.

Daiya Seto of Japan won the heats in 4 minutes and 12.27 seconds, and Chase Kalisz from the United States finished in 10th in his title defense.

After the IM races, Korea ranked 17th out of 27 in the men’s 4x100 meter medley relay, and 13th out of 21 in the women’s 4x100 meter medley relay.

The women’s team of Im Da-sol, Back Su-yeon, Park Ye-rin and Jeong So-eun set a new national record with 4 minutes and 03.38 seconds.

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