Frenchman Agnel sets 400m freestyle record in short course

Paris, Nov 16 (IANS) France's double Olympic champion Yannick Agnel timed three minutes 32.25 seconds in the short course 400m freestyle, setting a new world record in the event at the French championships held in Angers of France.

Agnel cut 0.52 seconds from the previous mark of 3:32.77 set by German Paul Biedermann in Berlin in November 2009, reports Xinhua.

The 20−year−old claimed a surprise double gold in the men's 200m freestyle and the 4x100m relay with the French team in his first Olympics in London this summer. He also won a silver as part of the 4x200m relay team.

"I was targeting a time close to the world record," Agnel said. "Now, I haven't fixed my limits.

Agnel is set to compete in the European short−course championships in the French city of Chartres Nov 22−25.


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