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Park Tae-hwan handed 18 months suspension

Four-time South Korean Olympic medallist Park Tae-hwan has been banned for 18 months after testing positive in a drug test.

The two-time world champion tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test, that was conducted by swimming’s governing body, FINA, last September.

Fortunately for the 25 year-old, his 18 months suspension will be backdated to September, meaning that he is in line for a return in March 2016. That would also mean that Park could still make the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Park became the first South Korean Olympic medallist in swimming after securing a gold medal in the 400m freestyle and a silver medal in the 200m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Four years later in London, Park won two silver medals in the exact two events.

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