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.