Paul Biedermann at 2015 European SC Champs: Textile Best (Interview)

Many thanks to Shvoong for sharing their coverage of 2015 European Short Course Championships with SwimSwam.

2015 European Short Course Swimming Champions at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel

Svoong caught up with Germany’s Paul Biedermann after the 400 meter freestyle final. It was his fastest performance ever in textile, and he was very pleased with his race.* “If at 29 years I can still swim best times, I’m pretty happy about it.” When the interviewer remarked, “You did it all in the last 150 meters,” Biedermann responded, “Yeah, maybe a little bit too late but okay, it was the best I could do today.”

Biedermann has the 200 free on Thursday.

*From Loretta Race’s live recap of the race:

A tight battle ensued between Germany’s Paul Biedermann and Hungary’s Peter Bernek, yet Bernek held on for the win in a time of 3:35.46. Biedermann would finish just half a second behind in 3:35.96.  Bernek holds the Hungarian National Record in the event with the 3:34.32 he clocked in Doha at the 2014 World SC Championships.

For Biedermann, however, this marks his swiftest 400m freestyle in a textile suit, dating back to his 3:37.06 mark in Dubai in 2010.  Previous to that, his best was 3:32.77 from the super suit era of 2009. Coming into this meet, Biedermann sat as the 3rd-fastest this season with his 3:38.95 from German Nationals.

Finishing with the bronze tonight is Italy’s Gabriele Detti who touched in 3:37.22, sending all 3 of these men to the top of the short course world rankings for this season.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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