Park Tae-hwan Heightens Expectations for Asian Games

Swimmer Park Tae-hwan speaks at a press event in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. /Newsis Swimmer Park Tae-hwan speaks at a press event in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. /Newsis

Swimmer Park Tae-hwan heightened his chances of winning medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

In a tryout held in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province Wednesday to select athletes to compete in the upcoming sporting event, Park finished with a time of 1:45:25. This is 0.21 seconds faster than the previous record of the year set by Australia's Cameron McEvoy, who got his result of 1:45.58 at the Australian championship in April.

Park won gold in men's 200-m, 400-m, and 1,500-m freestyle at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, and won 100-m, 200-m, and 400-m freestyle at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

If he successfully defends his titles in 200-m and 400-m at this year's Asian Games, he will have won these events for three consecutive Asiads.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 17, 2014 10:46 KST