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Latest update : 2008-03-25

Frenchman Alain Bernard set a new world record in the men's 50 metres freestyle semi-final at the European Championships with 21.50 seconds.

Alain Bernard shattered his third world record in as many days on Sunday when he broke the 50 metres freestyle mark at the European swimming championships.

 

Bernard powered home in the 50 freestyle semi-finals in21.50 seconds to break the world mark of 21.56 set by Eamon Sullivan of Australia in Sydney on Feb. 17 this year.

 

The 24-year-old Frenchman snatched the 100 metres freestyleworld record from Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband at the Dutchman's home pool on Friday, clocking 47.60 in thesemi-finals to beat the 47.84 mark Van den Hoogenband set at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

 

Bernard lowered the 100 mark to 47.50 in Saturday's final.

 

He is the first man to break the 50 and 100 freestyle worldrecords at the same meeting since American Matt Biondi performedthe feat in Orlando in June 1986 ahead of the world championships.

 

Bernard sat on his lane rope, smilingly soaking up the applause of the crowd after the race.

 

Olympic silver medallist Duje Draganja of Croatia won the first semi-final in 21.94. Nobody else apart from Bernard broke
the 22-second mark.

 

Sweden's Stefan Nystrand, silver medallist behind Bernard inthe 100, touched second in the second semi-final way after the Frenchman in 22.12.

Date created : 2008-03-23

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