French Olympic champion Alain Bernard broke the 100 metres freestyle short-course world record at the French national championships in Angers, clocking 45.69 seconds to beat Swede Stefan Nystrand's record by 0.14 seconds.
Reuters - Alain Bernard of France broke the 100 metres freestyle short-course world record at the French national championships in Angers on Sunday.
Bernard, who won the long course gold at the Beijing Games, clocked 45.69 seconds to better by 0.14 seconds the record Swede Stefan Nystrand set in Berlin in 2007.
"I felt we got off to a quick start so I just hung on," Bernard, who beat Amaury Leveaux, the 50 metres freestyle silver medallist in Beijing, told Eurosport.
"I didn't come for that, I just wanted to win but the record is there.
"This morning, I was confident, I wanted to enjoy myself."
Fabien Gilot and Frederick Bousquet took third and fourth place as the four members of the relay who took silver in the Olympic 4x100m relay dominated the race.
Date created : 2008-12-07