Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Park Taehwan - 3:41.53 - 400m Freestyle
Question - "Who is the male swimmer of 2010?"
Answer - "Easy... Ryan Lochte. Next."
Up until two days ago that answer was pretty water tight. Not any more. Park Taehwan just staked a huge claim for male swimmer of the year, and the possibly more coveted 'Speed Endurance Swim of 2010'. His time of 3:41.53 winning the 400m Free at the Asian Games leads the world, makes him the second fastest ever in a textile suit and is the tenth fastest swim of all time (suited efforts and Ian Thorpe included).
Incredibly he was under Paul Biedermann's world record pace for 349m of the 400m race.
I have always liked Park as a swimmer. I like the fact that he is 6 ft (183cm) tall, by no means a physical freak. I like the fact his stroke isn't flashy, just efficient. And I like the fact that in the space of two days he has blown the rest of the world away on the 200m and 400m Free.
Watch and enjoy.
PS. Sun Yang's not too bad either.