After a tumultuous last 18 months, 2008 Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle, Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan, has officially arrived in Rio de Janeiro for his 4th Olympic Games appearance.
Fresh off winning his appeal with the Court Arbitration of Sport (CAS) regarding a controversial Korean Olympic Committee 3-year national team ban, Park and his Australian coach Duncan Todd kicked off the 26-year-old’s Olympic campaign with a practice in the warm-up pool. They reportedly practiced in the pool for just over 2 hours, with Park expected to get his first look at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium tonight. (Yonhap)
Park arrived in Rio after wrapping up a two-week training session in Orlando, Florida.
Park is set to compete in the 100m/200m/400m/1500m freestyle events in Rio, the same schedule he swam at his nation’s Olympic Trials in which he swept freestyle gold medals. At this time, however, Park is only ranked within the world’s top ten in one event. His time of 3:44.26 in the men’s 400m freestyle currently sits as the 6th-fastest mark headed into the Rio Olympic Games.
While on-site in Rio, Park told the press, “It’s not the easiest of circumstances, and I am still trying to adjust to the surroundings. I haven’t seen the main pool yet. My focus for now is on getting acclimated.”