November 19, 2007 09:18
Swimming prodigy Park Tae-hwan won triple gold at the FINA Swimming World Cup 2007 in Berlin on Sunday. This is the 18-year old's third consecutive triple crown after bringing three golds home in the third leg of the Cup in Sydney and another three in the fifth in Stockholm.
Park continued his unstoppable progress by winning the men's 1,500 m freestyle final with a record of 14:34.39. In the 200 m freestyle final held 10 minutes later, he also touched the pad first with a record of 1:42.22, winning him gold. He climbed the winner's podium three times including a gold in the men's 400 m freestyle.
Park's record in the 200 m freestyle is threatening the world record of 1:41.10 set by Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe in February 2000. Thorpe retired in 2006 and his world record has not been touched for seven years. By winning the triple crown in the sixth of seven FINA Swimming World Cup series, Park achieved the remarkable feat of winning all events he participated in.
Unlike Olympic swimming events, which take place in a full 50 m pool, the FINA Swimming World Cup is held in a 25 m pool.
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