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LONDON, England, July 28. TAE Hwan Park, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the men's 400 freestyle event, will get a second chance after his disqualification was overturned by the FINA Jury of Appeal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Park had posted a time of 3:46.68 in his heat, but was ruled to have false started by a deck official. This would have been devastating, as it would have been his second 400-meter free disqualification in three Olympics, having drawn a DQ in 2004.
“The FINA Jury of Appeal met today in the Aquatic Centre and examined the protest lodged by the Korean Swimming Federation regarding the disqualification of swimmer Tae-Hwan Park in the heats of the men's 400-meter freestyle, and based on the recommendation of the FINA Technical Swimming Commission decided to reinstate the above mentioned swimmer in the final of the 400 freestyle,” said the FINA statement.
Canada's Ryan Cochrane was subsequently bumped to ninth and out of the final.
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