Park Tae Hwan Downs South Korean 100 Free Record, Qualifies For Semis


Park Tae Hwan of South Korea continues his successful week in Windsor, breaking the South Korean National Record in the 100 freestyle en route to qualifying 4th overall for the semi-finals tonight. Park clocked a time of 47.19, lowering the previous record by over two and a half seconds. The record previously belonged to Jeong Jeong-Soo, who posted a 49.74 back in July of 2013. Park’s previous best in this event, done way back in 2004, stood at 52.71. He’ll shoot for the Asian Record in the semis and potentially the final of 46.70.

This is his third National Record of the week, as he broke both the 200 and 400 freestyle records en route to a pair of gold medals. Those are his two primary events, but with both Vladimir Morozov and Chad Le Clos missing the semi-finals, the event is now wide open and Park has as good a shot as anyone after his swim this morning.

Blake Pieroni of the United States qualified 1st in 46.76, and Yuri Kisil of Canada was 2nd in 46.79. They were the only two under 47 this morning.

Park is slated to swim the 1500m free prelims this morning as well, though it’s unclear whether he will give it a go or not after his success in the 100 prelims. But based on the form he has shown all week, he probably has a good chance to contend for a medal in that event as well, though he has historically faded over the final 500m in the 1500. If he qualified for both finals, they would both land tomorrow night.

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5 years ago

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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