France: Olympic 200m freestyle champion Yannick Agnel, set a world short-course record of 3:32.25 over 400m at French nationals in Angers today. The time takes down the 3:32.77 standard set by Paul Biedermann (GER) in a shiny suit three years ago at the Berlin round of the world cup six weeks before non-textile race apparel was banned. At London 2012, Agnel also brought the French 4x100m free quartet home to victory. His latest gains over 400m in a short-course pool is stunning: he had a previous best of 3:39.91 from winter nationals two years ago, while the 3:34 textile-suit efforts of Australians Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe have been blown out of the water.
Agnel send a nice message to Biedermann via his twitter followers, almost 40,000 of then: @PBiedermann Thank you for inspiring me...
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Agnel's splits: 50.80; 1:44.73 (53.93); 2:38.85 (54.12); 3:32.25 (53.40). His last 50m, 26.45, was the second fastest two laps in the race after an opening 24.28.
Dubai: Olympic 400m and 1500m champion Sun Yang was the star of the Asian Championships today when he won the 200m free crown in 1:45.49, 4.18sec ahead of next home, China teammate Hao Yun. Sun's was one of eight out of ten victories at the meet.