S. Korea's Park wins men's 100m
November 18, 2010, 7:58 pm TWN
GUANGZHOU, China -- South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan made it a sensational Asian Games freestyle treble on Wednesday, sprinting to victory in the 100 meters freestyle after taking gold in the 200m and 400m events.
Park, the Olympic champion over 400m, clocked 48.70sec in beating China's Lu Zhiwu by 0.28sec, with Japan's Takuro Fujii taking the bronze medal in 49.37.
The win over 100m was the 21-year-old's fifth medal in Guangzhou after two bronze in the relays.
Aged just 17, Park won three gold, a silver and three bronze medals at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha — with his wins coming in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle.
Dubbed “Marine Boy” in South Korea, where he is one of the country's highest-profile sports stars, his medal haul was the biggest by a single athlete and he was named the most valuable player of the Games.
Park became South Korea's first swimming world champion in 2007, a year before his win at the Beijing Olympics, where he also took silver behind Michael Phelps in the 200m but he flopped at last year's world championships.