Paul Biedermann

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Paul Biedermann
Paul Biedermann (Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne) cropped.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Superman
Nationality  Germany
Born (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 28)
Halle, Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club SV Halle

Paul Biedermann (born 7 August 1986) is a German swimmer and a former 200 and 400 metre freestyle long course world champion. He holds the long course and short course world records in the 200 meters freestyle, and the long course world record in the 400 meters freestyle.

Career[edit]

Biedermann won the 200 m freestyle long course in the 2008 European Aquatics Championships final, finishing in a time of 1:46.59 seconds. With the times over 400 m freestyle (3:47.69) and 200 m freestyle (NR in 1:46.37) Biedermann managed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing. At the Olympics, he placed fifth in the 200 m freestyle final (1:46.00) and 17th overall in the 400 m freestyle (3:48.03).

2009 Long Course & 2010 Short Course World Championships[edit]

On 26 July 2009, Biedermann won the 400 m freestyle final at the 2009 World Championships passing 1500m Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli in the final 50 metres, with a time of 3:40.07, shaving nearly three seconds off his own personal best and bettering Ian Thorpe's 2002 world record by one hundredth of a second.[1]

On 28 July he claimed his second gold in the 200 m freestyle, defeating Michael Phelps in a world record time of 1:42.00 seconds and cutting more than four seconds off of his time since last year.[2] In 2008, Biedermann was ranked 9th in the world in the 200 m freestyle and 21st in the world in the 400 m freestyle.[3]

In the 2010 world short course championships Biedermann won gold in the 400m Freestyle, beating Oussama Mellouli again in a race that unfolded almost identical to their race in Rome the previous year. In the 200m freestyle, although he was the world record holder, Biedermann placed only 5th. He was over a second behind the first place finisher Ryan Lochte.

2011 Long Course World Championships[edit]

Biedermann collected bronze medals in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 4x100m medley relay, as well as finishing 4th in the 4x200m freestyle relay. He was out touched by Michael Phelps by 0.09s in the individual 200m freestyle, however getting the better of him in the relay lead off leg beating Phelps by 0.33s, bringing their rivalry to 3-3 in major meet finals.

Personal Bests[edit]

  • 200 m freestyle: 1:42.00 (28 July 2009) WR
  • 400 m freestyle: 3:40.07 (26 July 2009) WR

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meadows, Mark (2009-07-26). "Biedermann smashes 400 freestyle world record". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Brilliant Biedermann beats Phelps". BBC Sport. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ Amy Shipley (29 July 2009). "At Worlds, 'It's Not About the Swimmer'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  4. ^ Interview Paul Biedermann Lords Of Metal November 2013

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Australia Ian Thorpe
Men's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

15 November 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Australia Ian Thorpe
Men's 400 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

26 July 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
United States Michael Phelps
Men's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 July 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Australia Grant Hackett
Men's 400 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

24 November 2009 – 15 November 2012
Succeeded by
France Yannick Agnel
Awards
Preceded by
France Alain Bernard
European Swimmer of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
France Camille Lacourt
Preceded by
Matthias Steiner
German Sportsman of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Sebastian Vettel