ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Park Tae-hwan 400 M Free disqualification today prompted reinstatement thereafter. Park Tae-hwan was disqualified from the 400 M Free at the beginning of the Olympic 2012 games today. officials claimed he had delivered a false start in his preliminary race. But Park appealed the decision and won.
Park Tae-hwan finished first in his preliminary heat of the 400 M Free. But after the race, an official came over to him and told him he had been disqualified. Park appeared confused by the news.
He quickly told South Korean news that he had to consult his coach to learn what had happened. Afterwards, officials told Park that he had purportedly delivered a false start and had been disqualified from the race, even though his time qualified him for the finals.
Park was displeased with the disqualification. But after the news, Park’s camp appealed to FINA. FINA tells news that, upon review of the tape, they have reversed the disqualification decision. Park will compete in tonight’s finals.
Park last competed in the same event in the Beijing Olympics. During those Olympics, he earned the gold. Park’s time this morning was 3:46.68. South Korean Olympic officials have yet to comment about the matter.