Swimmer Park Tae-hwan Exchanges Silver Medal for Real One

      August 21, 2012 09:57

      Park Tae-hwan (right) and China's Sun Yang pose with their silver medals during the men's 200-m freestyle victory ceremony at the London Olympic Games on July 30.

      The silver medal that swimmer Park Tae-hwan won in the men's 200-m freestyle at the London Olympics was not the real deal but rather a counterfeit version, according to the Korean Olympic Committee on Monday.

      "The International Olympic Committee informed Park two days after the awards ceremony that the silver medal was a copy and that he should collect the genuine one, and the team manager exchanged it," a KOC official said.

      The IOC prepares copies in case of emergencies, such as an athlete misplacing one, or in the event of two athletes sharing the same medal, which was the case for Park. He won two silver medals in London -- in the men's 400-m freestyle and 200-m freestyle, -- but had to split second place with Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in the shorter event.

      Meanwhile, Jin Jong-oh, a double crown winner in the men's 10-m and 50-m air pistol events, did not like the condition of his second gold medal and apparently had it exchanged. The medal he received for the longer shooting event was badly scratched and the IOC replaced it with another one in pristine condition.

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