Sep 29

Head Coach Duncan Todd In Rio

park-tae-hwan-with-coach-duncan-toddRIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) — Though he may no longer be the world beater in the pool, South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan can still be a force when he’s as relaxed and confident as he is now, his coach said Monday.

Duncan Todd told Yonhap News Agency in Rio de Janeiro, the site of this year’s Summer Olympics, that his pupil is in great physical and mental state, with his first race, the 400m freestyle, looming on Saturday.

“His progress has been good, and his training has been of a high level,” Todd said before entering the Olympic Aquatics Stadium for Park’s second training session of Monday. “Part of the reason he’s feeling so confident is that his training has been so good.”

Todd, an Australian native, worked out with Park for six weeks in Cairns, Australia, earlier this year, and then for two more weeks in Jacksonville, Florida, before arriving in Rio on Sunday. The two actually go further back, as Todd, then working under Park’s former coach, Michael Bohl, helped the swimmer prepare for the 2011 world championships and the 2012 London Olympics.

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