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Tae-Hwan's Future As Professor Park

Feb 13, 2012  - Craig Lord

News Round-Up:

Australia/Korea: South Korean Olympic 400m free champion Park Tae-Hwan graduated from university today and is now to move up to graduate studies aimed at a future as an action-packed academic, his goal to become a professor of physical education. The day after clocking a national record of 14:47 in the 1500m free at the NSW titles in Sydney, Park celebrated another great result, graduation from the online courses at Dankook University in Seoul he has fit into his training schedule at St Peter Western with coach Michael Bohl.  "I could not imagine myself as a professor before," he told Yonhap news agency. "But while I practised as a student teacher, I realised it is a way to pass on hopes and dreams to students.... I will strive to study harder and further achieve my goal." The 22-year-old world 400m champion is among to defending his Olympic crown this summer, the 14:47 effort and a 22.8 50m dash in Sydney reflecting the both-ends-of-the-line work he is doing for the eight-lap race, rather than any ambition to take on 2 and 30 laps as key events, he told Yonyap.

Britain: Hannah Miley, racing for her Scottish college Robert Gordon, clocked 2:14.64 to win the 200m medley at British University Championships (BUSA) in Sheffield as preparations proceed for Olympic trials in London next month. The last see ion of the meet also saw a 1:01.40 win for Loughborough's Rachel Lefley, in the 100m backstroke.

Australia: after racing well below par at NSW titles in Sydney and withdrawing from the 200m breaststroke after heats, Olympic 100m champion Leisel Jones tells reporters Down Under that she remains upbeat about her prospects for her 4th Olympic campaign. Describing a 1:09 100m swim in Sydney as "possibly one of the worst swims in my career",  Jones revealed that she had been suffering from an ear infection and was exhausted from heavy training aimed at Olympic trials mid-March. "I'm just really tired," said Jones. "Now's not our focus, we're really focused on five weeks' time. We'll probably get a full three-week taper in so it's pretty good to be tired now, get the ear infection out of the way now and get all the bad swims out now. I'm super confident about the year ahead. I've done a lot of good work, a lot of good training. I feel fitter than what I was, more confident, relaxed. You chuck a 1:09 in there, it's not ideal but it's part of the road."