Park Tae-hwan wins 400m freestyle gold at Pan Pacific event

2010-08-22 10:42

 South Korea's Park Tae-hwan won the men's 400-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Friday in Irvine, California. 

   Park clocked in at 3 minutes and 44.73 seconds, beating Ryan Cochrane of Canada after a nip-and-tuck race. It was Park's second victory at the Pan Pacific event, with his earlier gold earned in 2006.


Park Tae-Hwan, of South Korea, competes in the men's 400 meter freestyle final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, California, Friday. (AP)

Park reacts after winning the men's 400 meter freestyle final. (AP)

   Cochrane touched in at 3:46.78. China's Zhang Lin of China finished third in 3:46.91.

   Park won gold in the 400-meter freestyle in World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, Australia, in 2007 and in Beijing Olympics in 2008, which was South Korea's first swimming gold at the Olympics.

Park poses with his gold medal. (Yonhap)

   Park won a silver in the 200-meter freestyle on Wednesday, finishing behind Ryan Lochte of the United States. He finished eighth in the men's 1,500m freestyle.

   The 20-year-old is aiming for multiple gold medals at the Guangzhou Asian Games in November. Four years ago, he earned three golds to become the most valuable player of the Doha Asian Games. 

(From news reports)

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