Athlete of Day 6

Taehwan Park in 10 clicks

December 11th, 2016

Asthma

Taehwan Park (KOR) was born on September 27, 1989 in Seoul and started swimming at 5 to treat his asthma. His idols are Grant Hackett (AUS) and Michael Phelps (USA)

Long career

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Park is a four-time Olympian, having participated at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. He has also four Olympic medals!

National hero

Taehwan Park became the first Korean ever to win a swimming Olympic medal, after getting the gold in the 400m free at the 2008 Games in Beijing (CHN)

Worlds

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Park has two long-course World titles: he won his pet event, the 400m free, at both the Melbourne 2007 and Shanghai 2011 rendezvous

Asian star

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Taehwan Park has collected 14 medals at Asian Games, namely seven in Doha 2006 and another seven in Guangzhou 2010. He is a versatile athlete, swimming from 100m to 1500m free events

Difficulties

Park served a 18-month suspension for doping violation (starting in September 2014) and was declared ineligible by his Olympic Committee to compete at the Rio 2016 Games. After an appeal to CAS, he won the case and was in Brazil - however he did not qualify for any final there

World Cup

Park has participated in the 2006 and 2007 editions of the FINA Swimming World Cup - in 2007, he won nine titles throughout the series

Rome

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After his 2008 Olympic revelation - gold in the 400m free and silver in the 200m free - everyone expected a great 2009 World Championships for Park. However, he was not in the best shape in Rome (ITA), not qualifying for the finals of both events!

Long fast

Before Windsor 2016, the last world medals for Park dated back from the London 2012 Games. And the only ones from the 25m Worlds were from 2006: silver in the 200m and 400m free

Back to the top

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In Windsor, Park is again among the best: after his wins in the 200m and 400m free, he got another gold in the 1500m free in the last day of the competition. This combination of victories in a premiere in a single edition of the Championships