Park Bags 4th Gold, Seoyeong Takes 2 IM On Day 3 Of Korean Nats

99TH KOREAN SPORTS FESTIVAL

Park Tae Hwan is on his way to earning his 5th MVP title of the Korean Swimming Championships, part of the 99th Korean Sports Festival that runs through Thursday. Tonight the 29-year-old Olympian claimed two golds, one in the individual 400m freestyle and one in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. Although his times are not as elite as they’ve been in the past, the 2008 Olympic champion has expressed satisfaction with his performances with only just 2 months of training.

Park cruised to the top of the podium in the 400m free in a time of 3:52.97 to add another gold to his earlier wins in the 200m free and 4 x 200m free relay. He won by almost a second and a half and his time was about 3 seconds quicker than the 3:55.87 he produced at the TYR Pro Swim Series this past June in Santa Clara.

Splits aren’t available for the relay, but Park anchored his Team Incheon to the 4 x 100m free gold, with the entire foursome clocking a time of 3:20.71 to win its 2nd consecutive national title in the event. Park will compete on his squad’s medley relay to pursue his 5th gold of these championships.

Although extremely early in the season, Park’s 400m free time checks-in as the 10th fastest in the world thus far.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 400 FREE

KristofHUN
MILAK
10/07
3.48.08
2Marco
DE TULLO
ITA3.48.5510/07
3Keisuke
YOSHIDA
JPN3.48.6810/07
4Huy Hoang
NGUYEN
VIE3.48.8510/07
5Shouma
INOUE
JPN3.50.7109/07
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You can watch Park’s 400m free race below, courtesy of 환TV.

Standout Kim Seoyeong was also in the pool tonight in the women’s 2oom IM where the national record holder took the title in a time of 2:12.32. She represented the only racer to delve under the 2:14 mark. Seoyeong was pleased with her effort, as the 24-year-old has had no rest, competing immediately after the Asian Games. She will contest the women’s 400m IM later in the meet here.

Again, with very early rankings, Seoyeong is situated #2 in the world in the 200m IM.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 200 IM

MadisynUSA
COX
11/29
2.10.76
2Kelsey
WOG
CAN2.11.6911/29
3Miho
TERAMURA
JPN2.11.7309/15
4Rika
OMOYO
JPN2.12.2109/08
5Anastasia
GORBENKO
ISR2.12.8810/07
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Jinho Lee

PARK’s splits for the last leg of the men’s 4X100 FR relay was 48.78(23.38+25.40)!
KIM Seoyeong also raced the first leg of the women’s 4X100 FR relay and clocked 55.99, almost right after her 200IM race 🙂

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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