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Park Tae-Hwan

Full name: Park Tae-Hwan
Original name: 박 태환
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: September 27, 1989 in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Affiliations: Dankook University, Yongin (KOR)
Country: KOR South Korea
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 3 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Only the second ever South Korean swimmer to reach an Olympic final (after Nam Yu-Seon), Park Tae-Hwan beame the first to win an Olympic medal, claiming gold in the 400 freestyle, and silver in the 200 freestyle, both times behind the invincible Michael Phelps. His medals did not come as a complete surprise, as Park had won the world title in the 400 free in 2007 – again as the first Korean ever. He would do so again in 2011, while earning a bronze in the 200 metres in 2007. Also a top performer in regional competitions, Park has won three titles at the Pan Pacific Championships (twice in the 400 free), and six in the Asian Games, earning seven medals total in the 2006 edition, and five in 2010. A popular figure in South Korea, Park Tae-Hwan frequently is the subject of rumors, and he has been linked to Korean pop stars Dana, Sunye as well as figure skater Kim Yeon-A.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 14 Athina Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR AC r1/3 DQ
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 2 Silver
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 1 Gold
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 16
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 2T Silver
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle South Korea KOR 4

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 5d-1cT 1-1.5cT 1.5-2cT
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Final 2 1:44.85 0.67 5
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:45.99 0.68 3
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Eight 3 QU 1:46.73 0.67 5
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Final 2T 1:44.93 0.64 24.73 4 50.80 2 1:17.88 3 26.07 27.08 27.05
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 Q 1:46.02 0.66 25.08 2 52.25 3 1:19.26 2 27.17 27.01 26.76
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Six 2 Q 1:46.79 0.65 25.22 7 52.20 =4 1:19.81 5 26.98 27.61 26.98

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 2cT 2cR 2.5cT 2.5cR 3cT 3cR 3.5cT 3.5cR 5d-1cT 1-1.5cT 1.5-2cT 2-2.5cT 2.5-3cT 3-3.5cT 3.5-4cT
2004 Summer 14 Athina Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Three AC DQ
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Final 1 3:41.86 0.69 3
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:43.35 0.69 4
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Final 2 3:42.06 0.67 25.57 1 53.34 1 1:21.75 1 1:50.20 1 2:18.47 1 2:46.63 1 3:14.64 2 27.77 28.41 28.45 28.27 28.16 28.01 27.42
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Three 1 Q 3:46.68 0.63 25.86 1 54.14 =2 1:22.98 2 1:52.05 2 2:21.04 2 2:50.01 2 3:18.56 2 28.28 28.84 29.07 28.99 28.97 28.55 28.12

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 1cT(R) 2cT(R) 3cT(R) 4cT(R) 5cT(R) 6cT(R) 7cT(R) 8cT(R) 9cT(R) 1kT(R) 1.1kT(R) 1.2kT(R) 1.3kT(R) 1.4kT(R) 1-2cT/2-3cT 3-4cT/4-5cT 5-6cT/6-7cT 7-8cT/8-9cT 9c-1kT/1-1.1kT 1.1-1.2kT(R) 1.3-1.4T(R)
2008 Summer 18 Beijing Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Three 4 15:05.55 0.66 6
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Final 4 14:50.61 0.72 56.24 (2) 1:55.00 (2) 2:53.67 (2) 3:52.27 (2) 4:51.43 (2) 5:50.76 (2) 6:50.29 (2) 7:49.93 (3) 8:50.08 (3) 9:50.49 (4) 10:51.06 (4) 11:51.53 (4) 12:52.27 (4) 13:53.06 (4) 58.76 / 58.67 58.60 / 59.16 59.33 / 59.53 59.64 / 1:00.15 1:00.41 / 1:00.57 1:00.47 / 1:00.74 1:00.79 / 57.55
2012 Summer 22 London Swimming South Korea Round One Heat Three 2 Q 14:56.89 0.67 57.26 (3) 1:56.61 (3) 2:55.87 (3) 3:55.28 (3) 4:54.65 (2) 5:53.90 (2) 6:53.56 (2) 7:53.52 (2) 8:54.00 (2) 9:54.82 (2) 10:56.02 (2) 11:57.43 (3) 12:59.01 (3) 14:00.65 (3) 59.35 / 59.26 59.41 / 59.37 59.25 / 59.66 59.96 / 1:00.48 1:00.82 / 1:01.20 1:01.41 / 1:01.58 1:01.64 / 56.24
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