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Video by Nadia CHARBIT

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-23

France's 100m freestyle Olympic champion Alain Bernard has been stripped of his world record by swimming's governing body, FINA, which ruled against his Arena 'X-Glide' suit just hours after approving other "air-trapping" polyurethane outfits.

AFP - France's 100 metres Olympic freestyle champion Alain Bernard had his 100m world record annulled by the sport's governing body Fina on Monday.

Bernard set a time of 46.94sec, becoming the first man to smash the symbolic 47-second barrier and slicing 0.11s off Australian Eamon Sullivan's old mark in April.

However, Fina ruled that because he broke the record when competing in an Arena's 'X-Glide', which is part-polyurethane, his record could not stand, though, earlier on Monday they had approved a list of swimsuits which have caused controversy in recent months for the apparent performance advantage they give in the water.

Frederic Bousquet must await the outcome of an anti-doping control when he broke the 50m freestyle mark.

Bousquet wore the all-polyurethane 'Jaked 01', the most controversial of the existing suits, when he beat Sullivan's previous best world mark of 21.28 in the 50m in a time of 20.94.

Date created : 2009-06-22

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