Swimmer Park Tae-hwan telegraphed his intentions for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games over the weekend by adding to his trophy haul at a meet in Australia.
He ranked first in the 200-m freestyle at the NSW State Open Championships in Sydney on Saturday, clocking 1:46.05 seconds. Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen, both of Australia, took the second and third spots with respective times of 1:46.83 and 1:47.69.
Park's latest time is faster than the 1:48.00 he recorded to win the Victoria Open Championships in January. It is also the second-fastest time so far this season recognized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the sport's governing body.
His overseas training is apparently paying off as he also put in solid performances, coming first in the 400-m freestyle and third in the 100-m event to set a new Korean record.
Since early this year, Park has been training with coach Michael Ball in Brisbane, Australia to prepare for the Incheon Asian Games in September.
He plans to return home around this weekend to enjoy a short break from his overseas training.