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Park Tae-hwan Could Win 5 Golds at National Sports Competition

Park Tae-hwan Could Win 5 Golds at National Sports Competition

Posted October. 12, 2007 06:48,   


Korean swimming sensation Park Tae-hwan set a record in the 200-meter freestyle at the 88th National Sports Competition yesterday.

Park won first prize in the freestyle final with a time of 1:47.82 in the Sports Complex in Gwangju on October 11. This is his second win of the games following his first win in the 800-meter relay the day before.

Park seems on pace to win all five of his events at the games.

He reduced his previous record of 1:48.72 by 0.9 seconds. But he failed to break the Asian record set by him (1:46.73) and the world record set by Michael Phelps (1:43.86) in Melbourne in March.

Park said, “I regret failing to break the Korean record, but I am satisfied. And I will reach a new record in the 400-meter relay tomorrow. I will do my best to reduce my time by a second in the 100-meter freestyle to be held later.”

Park ranked first in qualifying and passed the 100 meter mark with a time of 54.29 and the 150 meter mark with a time of 1:21.32, outperforming the other players by more than 3 seconds.

In track and field competition, Lim Hee-nam’s record (10.34) failed to be recognized in the 100-meter dash as the wind speed (2.3 meters per second) was higher than the standard level (2m/s). His record was 0.3 second behind the Korean record (10.34) which Seo Mal-gu had set in 1979.

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