'Sinking' Park Tae Hwan pulls out of 1,500m free

NO LONGER A FORCE: Park failed to advance from the heats in his first three events and will leave Rio.


    Aug 12, 2016

    'Sinking' Park Tae Hwan pulls out of 1,500m free

    SLUMPING South Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan has pulled out of his last race at the Rio Olympics.

    He will not compete in the 1,500m freestyle, an official with the South Korean delegation said on Wednesday, and will leave Rio today.

    The 1,500m is scheduled for tomorrow.

    Competing in his fourth Olympics, Park failed to get out of the heats in his first three races: the 400m free, 200m free and 100m free.

    He is the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 silver medallist in the 400m.

    He won 200m silver medals in both 2008 and 2012.

    He had hinted earlier that he may not enter the 1,500m free, citing a lack of training for the long-distance event.

    The 26-year-old said he would like to compete in his fifth Olympics in Tokyo four years from now.

    Park served an 18-month doping suspension that ended in March this year.

    He had to battle the Korean Olympic Committee in an international sports court to get his Rio ban lifted last month.