Watch The Hwang Sunwoo/Matt Sates 200 Free Battle From Doha

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Hamad Aquatic Center, Doha, Qatar
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We may already be on to the final FINA World Cup stop, which is taking place beginning today in Kazan, Russia. But we’re still taking stock of the intense racing we’ve seen over the last 3 cities, including in Doha just days ago.

In the men’s 200m freestyle, we saw South African 18-year-old Matt Sates attempt to defend his winning streak against World Cup newcomer Hwang Sunwoo of South Korea. Also 18, Hwang entered the meet with major street cred, having finaled in both the 100m and 200m free events at this summer’s Olympic Games.

The video below shows how the Unversity of Georgia-bound Sates led Hwang through right until the final 10m when Hwang pounced and just out-touched the South African. Hwang wound up hitting 1:41.17 while Sates was right behind in 1:41.33 in the entertaining battle.

Hwang not only denied Sates his third-straight gold, but he also almost broke the South Korean national record. That record is currently held by Park Tae-Hwan at 1:41.03, set in 2016. During that race, Park split the event at 23.56/25.70/26.24/25.53. Hwang had a better back-half of the 200 than Park did, but Park’s faster first 100 splits kept Hwang from breaking the record.

You can read our original report on the race here.

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