Park Tae-hwan Settles for Second Silver in 200-m Free

      July 31, 2012 10:55

      Park Tae-hwan grabbed silver in the men's 200-m freestyle at the London Olympics. In the final at the Aquatics Centre on early Tuesday, Park clocked 1:44.93, leaving him tied for second place with China's Sun Yang in the next lane. Gold went to France's Yannick Agnel, who led the field with 1:43.14.

      Park's time was 0.13 seconds behind his personal best, which also serves as the Asian record set after he clocked 1:44.80 at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

      Gold medalist Yannick Agnel (center) of France poses with silver medalists Park Tae-hwan (left) of Korea and Sun Yang of China during the men's 200-m freestyle victory ceremony at the London Olympic Games on Monday.

      It was Park's second consecutive silver-medal finish at the event in two Olympics, after he trailed U.S. swimming star Michael Phelps four years ago in Beijing. It is also his second silver medal of the London Olympics, following his runner-up performance in the 400-m freestyle behind Sun Yang.

      Only the 1,500-m freestyle now remains for Park in London. The preliminary heats will start at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, with the final to kick off at 3:36 a.m. on Aug. 5.

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