Nov 15, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT
Two-time London gold medalist Yannick Agnel, who anchored the French team to a 4x100m free victory against Phelps, Lochte, and the gang, is back in the pool and already breaking world records.
Agnel bested Paul Biedermann’s previous 400m free short-course mark by more than a half second Thursday at the French championships, clocking a time of 3:32.25 that’s nearly eight seconds faster than his personal best in the event.
Even better: Biedermann’s record was originally set in 2009 when he was wearing a high-tech body suit that has since been banned from competition.
“It’s super. I’ve beaten a record set in a bodysuit,” Agnel told the Associated Press. “It shows there are still many good things to be done in terms of times.”
The world record was a career first for the 20-year-old, who now owns nine European championships, one world championship, and three Olympic medals. Don’t let his boyish smile fool you; he’ll be serious threat to the U.S. swimming team in 2016.
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