Park Tae-hwan Wins Three Gold Medals at Short Course Championships

  • By Lim Kyeong-eop

    December 13, 2016 09:56

    Swimmer Park Tae-hwan proved he is back at the top of his game, winning three golds at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada.

    On Sunday, he set a new competition record in the men's 1,500-m freestyle with a time of 14:15.51, 6.43 seconds ahead of runner-up Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy. Paltrinieri is a former record holder in the category with 14:16.01 from the 2014 championships in Doha, Qatar. He also won gold in the 1,500-m race at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

    Park Tae-hwan celebrates his victory in the men's 1,500-m freestyle at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada on Sunday. /Yonhap

    Park competed in the men's 100-m freestyle, which was held right after the 1,500-m event, and finished seventh due to lack of energy.

    Last week he won gold in the 400-m event, the first ever Korean to do so, and added another gold in the 200-m with a new record, beating Chad le Clos of South Africa, the silver medalist in Rio.

    The Short Course Championships is held in a 25-m-long pool, which is half the length of the regular pools at the Olympics and other international competitions. The shorter pools allow swimmers to gain momentum when they turn every 25 m, resulting in faster times.

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