ROME, Italy, July 26. GERMANY's Paul Biedermann backhalfed his way to a world record in the men's 400 free finale with another surprising global standard at the FINA World Championships.
Biedermann checked in with a winning time of 3:40.07 to clip Ian Thorpe's 2002 mark of 3:40.08 set in Manchester, Great Britain.
Tunisia's Ous Mellouli took silver with a swift 3:41.11, while China's Zhang Lin finished third in 3:41.35.
Peter Vanderkaay turned in a fourth-place 3:43.20 for the U.S., while Denmark's Mads Glaesner finished fifth in 3:44.40. Hungary's Gergo Kis (3:46.30), Canada's Ryan Cochrane (3:46.60) and Great Britain's David Davies (3:47.02) comprised the rest of the final swims.