Park Tae Hwan Wins 4th Gold at Nat’l Sports FestivalOctober 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Other | 1 Comment
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan earned his fourth gold medal at the National Sports Festival by winning the men’s 100-meter freestyle Wednesday in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province.
Park, dubbed “Marine Boy,” set a Korean record with a time of 48.94 seconds, improving his old mark set at last year’s competition by 0.38 seconds.
Park, the first South Korean gold medalist in Olympic swimming, is one gold medal from winning five golds for the third straight year at the National Sports Festival.
The 19-year-old, who is representing the Seoul team at the festival, will race in the men’s 4×100 medley relay Thursday.
Meanwhile, boxers Baik Jong-sub and Kim Jung-joo, who fought at the Beijing Olympics in August, topped the podium in the light and welterweight classes. Kim has now won a gold medal at the National Sports Festival six years in a row.
Source: Korea Times
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