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Tae-Hwan PARK
Sport Swimming
NOC Korea   
GenderMen
Born27 Sep 1989 in Seoul, KOR
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Director
Languages
English, Korean
Higher education
Physical Education - Dankook University: Seoul, KOR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
He suffered from asthma as a child and started the sport because it was recommended to his parents by a doctor. He then showed talent at the sports centre where he swam and set his sights on a career as a swimmer.
International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Korea
General Interest
Nicknames
Marine Boy (incheonilbo.com, 09 Nov 2020)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (sbs.co.kr, 20 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Grant Hackett, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sports.chosun.com, 25 Aug 2015; 12 Apr 2013)
Injuries
He was troubled by persistent injuries to his right shoulder in 2014 and 2015. (hani.co.kr, 04 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2017 Korean National Sports Festival. (sports.donga.com, 27 Oct 2017)

In 2015 he received the Choengryong Medal, the Republic of Korea's highest order of sport merit. (news.tvchosun.com, 28 Feb 2015)

He was named 2006 Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. (Swimming World, 30 Nov 2006)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar by the Olympic Council of Asia [OCA]. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021; Timed Finals, 15 Dec 2006)
Milestones
He became the first Korean swimmer to win an Olympic medal when he won gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Two days later he became the first Korean swimmer to win more than one Olympic medal when he claimed silver in the 200m freestyle. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021; olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 23 Mar 2015)
Other information
BREAK FROM COMPETITION
In June 2018 he withdrew from the Korean team for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The following year he decided not to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and announced that he was taking time away from international competitions. "I've realised that I am in no shape to post good times. Rather than saying I am retiring, I'd like to take some time to think about my future." (hankyung.com, 18 Oct 2019; sportsworldi.com, 25 Apr 2019; newsis.com, 24 Apr 2019; swimswam.com, 29 Jun 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he teamed up with local businessmen to open the Park Tae-Hwan Swimming Science Institute in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The non-profit research organisation was set up to provide scholarships and support socially disadvantaged people in the area with the provision of swimming training. He also opened the Private Park Tae-Hwan Swimming Pool in Incheon in 2020, where he teaches swimming to children aged between three and eight from socially disadvantaged families. The main swimming pool in Incheon that was used during the 2014 Asian Games is also named after him. (incheonilbo.com, 09 Nov 2020; seoul.co.kr, 26 Jul 2020; Instagram profile, 13 July 2020)

SUSPENSION AND APPEAL
He tested positive for testosterone in September 2014 and in March 2015 he received an 18-month ban from the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. He was stripped of the one silver and five bronze medals he had won at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. In April 2016 the Korean Olympic Committee [KOC] enforced their rule that prevents athletes who have tested positive for banned substances from representing the national team for an additional three years. In June 2016 Park appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] which ruled in his favour. The KOC declared him eligible for selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he competed in multiple events. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 26 Jan 2015; 23 Mar 2015; chosun.com, 09 Feb 2015; english.chosun.com, 29 May 2015; huffingtonpost.kr, 09 Jun 2015; swimswam.com, 08 Jul 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:48.06
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:45.63
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 49.24
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle  DNS
2 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 3:42.06 
2 2012 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:44.93 
4 2012 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 14:50.61 
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:41.86
2 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.85
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:05.55
47 2004 Athens, GRE 400m Freestyle DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:47.11
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 14:59.44
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:44.38
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:42.04
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.92
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.86
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 15:00.87
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Freestyle 3:46.04
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 1:46.68
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 1500m Freestyle 15:03.62
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 400m Freestyle 3:44.30
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Freestyle 1:46.73
42 2005 Montreal, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:04.75 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:49.70
Heats 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:08.52
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:34.59
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:41.03
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 1500m Freestyle 14:15.51 
7 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 47.09 
2 2006 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:40.43
2 2006 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:33.28
16 2006 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:47.53
11 2006 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:19.69
14 2006 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.93
  2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 200m Freestyle  DNS
  2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 1500m Freestyle  DNS
  2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle  DNS
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
52 2017   Overall  
6 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 47.66
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:32.90
1 2007 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:36.68
1 2007 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:34.19
1 2007 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:42.22
1 2007 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 3:42.14
1 2007 Stockholm, SWE 1500m Freestyle 14:36.42
1 2007 Stockholm, SWE 200m Freestyle 1:43.87
1 2007 Sydney, NSW, AUS 400m Freestyle 3:39.99
1 2007 Sydney, NSW, AUS 200m Freestyle 1:43.38
1 2007 Sydney, NSW, AUS 1500m Freestyle 14:49.94
1 2005/2006 Durban, RSA 400m Freestyle 3:42.78
2 2005/2006 Durban, RSA 1500m Freestyle 14:42.51
1 2005/2006 Sydney, NSW, AUS 400m Freestyle 3:43.25
2 2005/2006 Sydney, NSW, AUS 200m Freestyle 1:45.26
1 2005/2006 Sydney, NSW, AUS 1500m Freestyle 14:44.87
3 2004/2005 Daejeon, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:48.22
2 2004/2005 Daejeon, KOR 1500m Freestyle 14:52.49
2 2004/2005 Daejeon, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:46.84
2 2004/2005 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 1500m Freestyle 14:48.46
2 2004/2005 Moscow, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:43.13
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:44.68
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 48.57
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 22.57
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:45.16
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:07.86
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:18.80
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 1500m Freestyle 15:12.15
  2014 Incheon, KOR 100m Freestyle 48.75 DSQ
  2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:45.85 DSQ
  2014 Incheon, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:48.33 DSQ
  2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:39.18 DSQ
  2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:18.44 DSQ
  2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:21.37 DSQ
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:41.53 CR
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.70 CR
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:01.72
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.80 AR CR
3 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:19.02
2 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.30
3 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:24.14
1 2006 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:47.12 AR CR
1 2006 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:48.44 CR
2 2006 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 50.02
1 2006 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:55.03 AR CR
3 2006 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:23.61
3 2006 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.33
3 2006 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.16