Park Tae Hwan Wins Second Gold Medal, Dominates 200 Free from Lane One

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South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan won his second gold medal in Windsor, taking gold in the 200 free after winning the 400 free in come-from-behind fashion Thursday night. Park touched in 1:41.03, edging out the championship record of 1:41.08 set by Ryan Lochte back in 2010.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos was in last place at the halfway split and in seventh at the 150. He made a real run on the last 50, coming home in 24.93, but he did not have enough left to catch Park, settling for silver in 1:41.65.

Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh, the silver medalist in the 400 free behind Park, picked up a bronze here with a time of 1:41.95.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, the surprise top qualifier out of prelims, finished fourth in 1:42.48. Fifth went to South Africa’s Myles Brown in 1:43.22.

Rounding out the field were Australia’s Daniel Smith (1:43.22), Finland’s Matias Koski (1:43.51) and Denmark’s Anders Nielsen (1:43.69).

 

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3 comments

  1. Darren Plank

    That is great. He’s getting back into form. There were a few issues for him before Rio which kind of blew his chances. But now he’s pulling himself back together.

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    Bill Bell

    Obviously what he did a few weeks ago @ Asian Championships ( sweep 10@, 200 and 400 frees) was a precursor of bigger things to come. If the Koresn Fed gets off his back — whicj it appears to have done — he could be S good-medal contender in 209-400 frees next summer in Budapest. Maybe his poor showing @ Rio was best thing to happen to him in terms of motivation.

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