Olympic gold medalist Yannick Agnel sets short-course world record

Friday November 16th, 2012

Yannick Agnel French Olympic gold medalist, Yannick Agnel, set a short-course world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Thursday. Agnel broke Paul Biedermann's record with a time of 3:32.25. (Alain Jocard/Getty Images)

French swimmer and two-time gold medalist Yannick Agnel set a short-course world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Thursday, reports the Associated Press. Agnel finished with a time of 3:32.25 at the French swimming championships. The previous record was set by German swimmer Paul Biedermann in 2009 while he was wearing a high-tech bodysuit.

"It's super. I've beaten a record set in a bodysuit," Agnel said. "It shows there are still many good things to be done in terms of times."

High-tech bodysuits were banned by FINA, swimming's governing body, and have not been allowed since January 2010. The polyurethane bodysuits contributed to 108 new world records in 2008.

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