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Park disqualified from 400m freestyle

india Updated: Jul 28, 2012 16:48 IST
South Korea

South Korea's Park Tae-hwan was disqualified from the 400 metres freestyle on Saturday ruining his chances of defending his Olympic gold medal.

The 22-year-old a superstar in his homeland after winning the 400m gold in Beijing four years ago said he was disqualified for a false start when he left the blocks a fraction too early.With Park out of contention China s Sun Yang is now the overwhelming favourite to win the gold in the final later on Saturday.

He set the fastest overall time of three minutes 45.07 seconds just ahead of American Peter Vanderkaay (3:45.80).Germany s Paul Biedermann the world record holder for the event missed out on the final after finishing 12th overall in 3:48.50.