Internet search
Name News Original
English Korean

Park Tae-Hwan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePark•Tae-Hwan
Used namePark•Tae-Hwan
Name orderOriental
Original name박•태환
Born27 September 1989 in Seoul (KOR)
Measurements183 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsDankook University, Yongin (KOR)
NOC Republic of Korea

Biography

Only the second ever South Korean swimmer to reach an Olympic final (after Nam Yu-Seon), Park Tae-Hwan beame the first to win an Olympic medal, claiming gold in the 400 freestyle, and silver in the 200 freestyle, behind the invincible Michael Phelps. His medals did not come as a complete surprise, as Park had won the world title in the 400 free in 2007 – again as the first Korean ever. He would do so again in 2011, while earning a bronze in the 200 metres in 2007. Also a top performer in regional competitions, Park has won three titles at the Pan Pacific Championships (twice in the 400 free), and six in the Asian Games, earning seven medals total in the 2006 edition, and five in 2010. A popular figure in South Korea, Park Tae-Hwan frequently is the subject of rumors, and he has been linked to Korean pop stars Dana, Sunye as well as figure skater Kim Yeon-A. In 2015 he was banned for 18 months after he tested positive for testosterone in September 2014.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) KOR Park Tae-Hwan
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) KOR Park Tae-Hwan
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 16
2012 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) KOR Park Tae-Hwan
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) =2 Silver
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
2016 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) KOR Park Tae-Hwan
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 32
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 29
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 10
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS

Special Notes