Korea’s Park Looks To Ride Windsor Momentum Into Budapest

We’ve taken a look at several swimmers’ provisional meet entries for the 2017 World Championships, including Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, but are continuing to take stock of where athletes from around the world stand entry-wise just 10 days from the start of the pool swimming competition in Budapest.

Korea’s Park Tae Hwan had several options available to him for Budapest, as the 27-year-old qualified across his freestyle mid-distance events at this spring’s Arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta. In addition to his usual 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle specialties, the 2008 Olympic champion also notched a FINA A cut in the 100m freestyle this season. In Atlanta prelims, Park clocked a speedy 48.62 to easily fall under the 48.93 qualifying standard and also check-in as the Korean’s 2nd fastest time of his career.

Per the provisional entries within the FINA app for Budapest, Park intends to race the 100m freestyle. He’s ranked well outside the top 10 in the world. But, given the fact the sprint event is situated on Day 4, after his more medal-likely 400m and 200m freestyle events starting on days 1 and 2, respectively, racing the 100m free prelims may keep Park fresh for the 1500m battle set for later in the meet. He’ll need to bring his absolute A-game to land on the podium in that grueling event among the likes of China’s Sun Yang and the Italian partners in crime of Gabriele Detti and Gregorio Paltrinieiri.

But then again, Park is riding momentum from a very successful World Short Course Championships in Windsor, where he grabbed gold in the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle events, collecting a new Asian continental record

Park will not be swimming the men’s 800m freestyle in Budapest, per the app, an event that was part of the newly-added line-up for Tokyo 2020.

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Uberfan
4 years ago

Bronze in 400 silver in 200

Brownie
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Bronze Bronze

Just sayin
4 years ago

Double bronze likely hopefully nothing. Once a cheat always a cheat.

Uberfan
Reply to  Just sayin
4 years ago

If this was an Effimova comment it would have tons of likes. Park is a cheater

Enki
Reply to  Just sayin
4 years ago

I wonder how many people actually bothered to look beyond the headlines and into the details of Park’s case. He made a careless mistake and paid for it by accepting the proposed ban. To brand him a cheat is totally unreasonable and increases the barrier for swimmers who made genuine mistakes to return to the pool. And sad for a sport that has been in trouble for not putting swimmers at the centre of its attention.

Ferb
Reply to  Enki
4 years ago

Are you kidding? Careless mistake? The chiropractor in question (who the Park team tried to throw under the bus) testified that Park and his coach knew perfectly well what was in the shot he was given. He cheated, and he got busted, and he got let off way easier than he should have due to intervention by his country’s federation (which likely included a big wad of cash). That posed and widely released photo of him on his knees begging for forgiveness was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.

Enki
Reply to  Ferb
4 years ago

Your recollection of what’s in the public domain is, shall we say, “very interesting”: not only did the Korean Swimming Federation not intervene on Park’s behalf, they actually tried to hand down an additional ban on top of the one imposed by Wada to prevent Park from competing in Rio. Park had to take his case to the emergency session of CAS to overturn the Federation’s ban on the eve of Rio. To suggest that Park somehow “got off easy” with the help of his country’s federation is simply ludicrous.
Beside, Park was on his knees in the photo to plea his case for being allowed to compete in Rio, not to “beg for forgiveness” as he maintained his… Read more »

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Enki
4 years ago

When caught, cheaters would never admit their violations, but instead always present such excuses as “careless”, “not knowingly” and “other people’s fault”. Regardless circumstances, cheaters should not allowed to compete again!

Pvdh
4 years ago

I really hope Haas and Guy can beat out Park and Sun

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Same here.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

same here . GO HAAAS

Jpvb
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Sorry,they can’t beat Sun,if Sun don’t consume much energy in 800mfr in the morning.

GINNIE
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I look forward to see them compete in the same pool. All four are great athletes and not to be used to entertain your pathetic narrow view of the world.

Pvdh
Reply to  GINNIE
4 years ago

Narrow view? I’m sorry I don’t support drug cheats like you.

GINNIE
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Throwing terms like ‘drug cheats’ onto anyone who’s ever tested positive is blatantly ignorant. But if a ‘black and white’ view is all your brain can process then I’ll shut up.

Uberfan
Reply to  GINNIE
4 years ago

What do you call them?

GINNIE
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

‘Athletes’ would be a good start, then use my brain from that point onwards.

Pvdh
Reply to  GINNIE
4 years ago

Oh boy I see the damage control for these guys has hit the Internet hard.

GINNIE
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Shout ‘conspiracy’ if anything happens that doesn’t fit in your narrow (yes, narrow, I mean it) perspective.

Enki
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I assume you’d have a much more favourable view towards Fraser-Holmes, who will most likely serve a doping-related ban? Is he not a drug cheat in your view?

Uberfan
Reply to  Enki
4 years ago

Now I’m not saying he’s a drug cheat but I think he’s a drug cheat more than he is clean. No reason to miss 3 tests

Dee
4 years ago

Hopefully a nice few slips off the blocks – Thorpe style!

Hswimmer
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Yeah and it better be Yulia!!

Billy
4 years ago

I would not count Park out. He’s a monster talent and seems to be very motivated to regain his place at the top. This will be fun to watch, especially the 400 which could be crazy.

Uberfan
Reply to  Billy
4 years ago

An enhanced monster talent

Uberfan
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

So its okay if Park dopes but Yulia and Sun heck no

Billy
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

My question is why would a swimmer like Park even need to use PED’s? He was world champ in the 400 at 17 years old at Melbourne. Just annihilated a stacked final field on the last 50. He was almost as fast as Ian Thorpe was at 17-18 years old. I don’t think he was a big PED user, he did not need to be, but what do I know? It was 2014, he did the suspension and now he looks to be in good form. He could win the 200 and the 400 but I guess we’ll just see. It should be a great meet.

Wallaby
Reply to  Billy
4 years ago

You don’t know if it was his intention

Anonymous?
4 years ago

I’m not in support of doping/cheating in any form. But I’m curious as to where we as a community draw the line between blatantly cheating and circumstances that arise from unintentional exposure or ingredients in common foods, drinks, and medications for conditions. It is in my understanding that it’s rarely black and white, however I feel many times we see it as a positive test must mean that the said athlete is using that substance explicitly for enhancing their performance. For example, Ous Mellouli had a positive test for adderall, which is commonly used by college students to focus on studying for classes, which at the time may have been a reason to take it, rather than enhancing his performances… Read more »

Uberfan
Reply to  Anonymous?
4 years ago

It’s not black and white in Parks case and I don’t understand why people try so hard to defend him

GINNIE
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I can only speak for myself. I happen to know a bit more about Park than most people, and think a lot of the attacks directed at him are unfair. It’s not to say that other athletes deserve more or less criticism, I just don’t have enough information to comment on others, like I explained to you in a separate thread below.

Enki
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

If you paid attention to the Wada and subsequent CAS cases, you’d know that the authorities only penalised Park for “negligence” as to not screen his doctor and treatments properly. It’s recognised that he didn’t intentionally take banned substances, and the ban was reduced from the standard 24 months. Park also won a malpractice case against the doctor who prescribed the treatment. These are the black-and-whites of this particular case. Easy to see why people defend him but not all tainted swimmers.

Uberfan
Reply to  Enki
4 years ago

He accidentally gave me steroids

GINNIE
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

There is a lot of information in Enki’s comment that most ‘drug cheat’ calling people don’t know about. Not sure if simplifying it into 5 words is a good idea. By the way it’s ‘she’.

GINNIE
Reply to  Anonymous?
4 years ago

Completely agree. Every case merits individual assessment, that’s what the hearings are for. In this day and age information (or misinformation) is passed on in their simplest form, and fast. It fuels a black and white view of the doping issue, especially before big meets where a lot of patriotism is thrown in. I also view this as an extension of the world view the mainstream media is helping to shape, good guy vs. bad guy, which is untrue in most cases. It frustrates me sometimes but the best I can do is keeping my own head cool.

H1H2
4 years ago

I really wish Park had never doped. He was actually one of my favourite swimmers until then because of his technique and gutsy races. I still enjoy watching him swim but it will never really be the same as before his doping scandal…

Sad
Reply to  H1H2
4 years ago

The thing is, if he hadn’t doped then he likely wouldn’t have had such “gutsy” races.. a 6 foot Korean dude going 48.4, 1:44, 3:41, and 14:47 is a bit too much to believe. In saying that, I believed the fairytale too 🙁

Enki
Reply to  Sad
4 years ago

To question a swimmer’s results based on his nationality is a case of racism, plain and simple. By the same logic, given US make players poor recent performances at Wimbledon, shall we bring Sam Querrey’s amazing achievement this year into question? I can understand if you think Park’s results are tainted because of the ban, but to bring his nationality into this argument is unacceptable.

Billy
Reply to  Sad
4 years ago

There are some swimmers who are small in stature that perform(ed) at the World’s top level. Kosuke Hagino (5’10” 157 lbs), Daiya Seto (5’9″ 160 lbs), Kosuke Kitajima (5’10”, 160), the incredible Janet Evans 5’4″, 100lbs soaking wet at her prime, Krisztina Egerszegi, Brian Goodell and there are others. both back in 20th Century. You don’t need to be big to be fast. Just sayin’.

GINNIE
Reply to  H1H2
4 years ago

I’m sorry you are disheartened and it’s all too natural to feel sad when the news broke. I know it’s difficult to ask everyone to dig a bit deeper and look under the hood but it is more than meets the eye. He’s a great athlete and still the same good person through and through, and I really hope you continue to like him. Take care.

Uberfan
Reply to  GINNIE
4 years ago

So is Yulia and Sun then?

GINNIE
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I’m very happy to defend Sun’s personal innocence given what I know (or rather, what I found out with some effort that most people wouldn’t bother to pay), though the Chinese state system is not famous for being transparent. I mostly follow freestyle swimmers so don’t know much about Yulia. I haven’t read her file by fina, nor have I sampled media coverage of her from various countries to get opinions from different view points. I refrain from commenting on issues about which I have insufficient information.

Bo swims
Reply to  GINNIE
4 years ago

Same state system that allowed a teenage swimmer who dies during a training camp to be creamated with no autopsy.

Adam
4 years ago

The past is the past…. park is training hard and killing it! Gold medals in sight… go park!

Uberfan
Reply to  Adam
4 years ago

Agreed, Yulia and Sun for gold

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