200 freestyle world record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany made the first step on the comeback trail leading into the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning. Biedermann, who has not competed in nine months, swam this weekend at the Saxon Open Short Course Championships where he needed to qualify for the German Short Course Championships in Wuppertal from November 21st-24th, which will be the qualifying meet for the European Championships.
At the meet Biedermann came away with victories in the 50 freestyle (23.24), 200 freestyle (1:47.69) and 400 freestyle (3:48.05). To ensure a spot on the German team he will need to post the following times in his two main events at the German Championships:
- 200 freestyle – 1:45.00
- 400 freestyle – 3:44.00
Henning Lambertz the Head Coach of the German National Team is confident in Biedermann’s preparation, “I believe that Paul is back in no time again to great strength,” Lambertz told the news agency DPA.