Swimmer Hwang Sun-woo chases historic medal at worlds in DohaQatar beats Jordan 3-1 to defend Asian Cup title.

South Korean swimmer Hwang Sun-woo will begin his pursuit of a historic medal at the world championships this week in Qatar. Hwang will enter the heats for the men's 200-meter freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Monday. The heats are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. (local time), or 3:30 p.m. (South Korean time). The top 16 swimmers from the heats will reach the semifinals, set for 7 p.m. Monday in Doha, or 1 a.m. Tuesday in Seoul. From there, the top eight swimmers will compete for medals in the final, which will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday (local time), or 1 a.m. Wednesday (Seoul time). Hwang will try to become the first South Korean swimmer to win a medal at three consecutive world championships. He is the first and, so far, only South Korean to grab a medal at back-to-back world championships. Hwang won silver in the 200m freestyle at the 2022 worlds in Budapest and followed that up with a bronze in Fukuoka, Japan, last summer. The path to the top of the podium appears clear for Hwa ng, as the reigning gold and silver medalists in the 200m freestyle, Matthew Richards and Tom Dean of Britain, respectively, are both skipping the event to focus on other races. Hwang has the fastest entry time -- a swimmer's best record set between Oct. 1, 2022, and Dec. 19, 2023 -- among all participating athletes in the 200m freestyle, with 1:44.40. It's the South Korean national record Hwang set while winning a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September. Next up is Lukas Martens of Germany with 1:44.79. The 200m free is the first of four races Hwang is set to enter in Doha. He will also compete in the 100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay and the 4x100m medley relay. After completing a four-week training camp in Australia with his teammates earlier this month, Hwang told reporters that he was "a little surprised" that Richards and Dean won't compete. "Obviously, since I have the fastest entry time, I want to go get the gold medal," Hwang said on Feb. 3. "If I'd been second or thi rd in the entry time, then I would have given myself a target to chase down. But now I'll have to keep an eye on other swimmers trying to catch me, and so there's more pressure. But I've been doing well so far, and I want to keep that up." Source: Yonhap News Agency Qatar: Afif scores two penalties, leading Qatar to a 3-1 win over Jordan, successfully defending their Asian Cup championship. Asian Cup 2023 final match at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, host and former champion Qatar, the maroon team meets Jordan in the 22nd minute, Akram Afif. Was fouled in the penalty area Before he rose to kill the penalty to give Qatar a 1-0 lead in the second half, in the 67th minute, Yazan Al Naimat struck with his left hand in front of the goal for Jordan to equalize 1-1. Just 2 minutes later, Ima. El Mohammad was fouled in the penalty area before Afif scored the second penalty of the match, giving Qatar a 2-1 lead in the 90+5th minute of extra time. Afif came and scored the second penalty. 3 is a hat trick in this match and is the top scorer with 8 goals, helping Qatar win 3-1, making history as the first nation in 20 years to successfully defend the championship. since Japan This was done in 2000 and 2004. - Thai News Agency Source: Thai News Agency