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Park down, Singapore relay men up

Singapore are likely to be awarded an additional bronze medal for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

This, after South Korea's swim star Park Tae Hwan received a 18-month ban on Monday by world body Fina after testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition procedure conducted last September.

The 25-year-old won one silver and five bronzes - including a third-placed finish in the men's 4x200m free relay - but will likely be stripped of all medals regardless of whether he appeals.

Singapore's quartet of (above, from far left) Danny Yeo, Pang Sheng Jun, Teo Zhen Ren and Clement Lim clocked 7min 25.46sec to set a new national record and finish fourth.

But the foursome are likely to bumped up to third with Park's suspension.

BONUS

In a statement yesterday, Singapore Swimming Association vice-president (swimming) Joscelin Yeo said: "The boys did very well to set the national record. This bronze medal that will be awarded to the team is a bonus to them.

"Although it comes six months after the event, this medal will give them the added motivation for the South-east Asia Games and beyond; believing that they can succeed at higher international levels.

"This is what we are striving to achieve with new national head coach, Sergio (Lopez), and our restructured national training centre squad."

On the bronze, Lopez said: "They feel rewarded for the work they put in and it's a good thing... but the timing hasn't changed.

"At the level we are swimming, we should be at 7min 20sec.

"If the guys look at their potential and what they can do, they should have the confidence of hitting somewhere around 7:20, especially since you can be faster by up to half a second with a relay start, as compared to a normal start."

- LIM SAY HENG