Tae Hwan Park Sets Korean National Record in 100 Free; Increases National Sports Festival Attendance

GWANGJU, Korea, October 14. KOREA's Tae Hwan Park continued to improve his lot with the 2008 Beijing Olympics on his mind. At the National Sports Festival in South Korea, Park lowered his 100-meter freestyle national record previously set at the Asian Games, according to a report by The Korea Times.

Park touched in 49.32 to dip under the 50-second mark for the first time, after previously holding the Korean record with a time of 50.02 set at the Asian Games.

Overall, "Park has won five medals so far in the National Sports Festival, as he also finished on top in the 200 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay, 4×100 mixed relay and the 4×200 freestyle relay," according to the report.

In another report by The Korea Times, it looks like Park's presence at the event has drastically increased its exposure. Park has been providing sellout crowds for the National Sports Festival.

"It is the first time that the pool has been filled for the second straight day since the opening. I haven't come to grip with the fact he is such a luminary," a pool worker said to The Korea Times.