Mixed medley relay 400m breaks Korean record of ‘3:47.09’ 4 years in the making

Heo Yeon-kyung, Lee Eun-ji, Choi Dong-yeol and Kim Young-beom of the Korean swimming team encourage each other after the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relay qualifying round at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, on July 26.

South Korea’s mixed medley relay team broke the Korean record in the 400-meter medley relay at the World Championships.

The South Korean mixed medley relay team of Choi Dong-yeol (Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province), Kim Young-beom (Gangwon Chego), Lee Eun-ji and Heo Yeon-kyung (Sang Bangsang Go) finished in 3:47.09 in heat 3 of the 400-meter medley relay at the 2023 Fukuoka World Aquatics Championships at Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, on July 26.

South Korea performed well, finishing 2.17 seconds ahead of second-place New Zealand (3:49.26), but finished 13th overall and did not qualify for the finals, which are awarded to the top eight teams.

The team did, however, shave 0.83 seconds off the previous Korean record of 3:47.92, set by Lee Ju-ho, Moon Jae-kwon, Ahn Se-hyun and Jung So-eun at the sixth edition of the Management World Cup in November 2019.

The mixed medley relay is an event in which four swimmers of mixed gender compete in four events – freestyle, backstroke, 고스톱 breaststroke and butterfly – for 100 meters each.

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