Paul Biedermann

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Paul Biedermann
Paul Biedermann 1.jpg
Biedermann in Netanya, Israel, 2015
Personal information
Full name Paul Biedermann
Nickname(s) "Superman"
National team  Germany
Born (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 29)
Halle, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club SV Halle
Coach Frank Embacher[1]

Paul Biedermann (born 7 August 1986) is a German competitive 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 Aquatics Championships passing 1500 m 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.[2]

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.[3] In 2008, Biedermann was ranked 9th in the world in the 200 m freestyle and 21st in the world in the 400 m freestyle.[4]

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, 4×100m medley relay, as well as finishing 4th in the 4×200m 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.

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lord, Craig (December 3, 2015). "Marco Koch Scares WR After German Mate Paul Biedermann’s Golden S/C Swansong". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Meadows, Mark (26 July 2009). "Biedermann smashes 400 freestyle world record". Reuters.com. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Brilliant Biedermann beats Phelps". BBC Sport. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Amy Shipley (29 July 2009). "At Worlds, 'It's Not About the Swimmer'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Interview Paul Biedermann Lords Of Metal November 2013

External links[edit]

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

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

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

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

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