SEOUL: South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan has signed up with his Australian coach Michael Bohl until the 2012 London Olympics, Tae-hwan’s agency said yesterday.
The 2008 Olympic 400m freestyle gold medallist and Bohl have agreed to extend their contract, which expired in November, until the London Games, SK Telecom said.
Financial terms were not disclosed but the agency said Bohl, former coach of the Australian national team, would receive “increased salary and incentives”.
“I’m glad to continue training with Bohl,” Tae-hwan said in a statement. “I will try my best to stand on the peak once again through the upcoming world championships (in 2011 in Shanghai).”
Bohl is credited with helping revive Tae-hwan’s career.
The swimmer became one of the country’s highest-profile sports stars after winning seven medals, including three gold, at the Asian Games in 2006.
But a year after his Olympic success he flopped at the 2009 world championships.
After training with the Australian national team, Tae-hwan won three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. — AFP