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Michael Phelps Loses: It Must Be the Suit

By Max Roosevelt On July - 30 - 2009

Tuesday was marked by a disturbing revelation in the world of sports. Michael Phelps was shown to no longer be the fastest thing in water. He was seemingly dominated in the 200m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships by Paul Biedermann of Germany.

Not only did Biedermann defeat Phelps, he also erased one of his records, finishing the race in 1:42.00, almost an entire second faster than Phelps’ Olympic time.

So who exactly is Paul Biedermann?

The 22-year-old German holds two world records (200m freestyle and 400m freestyle), both of which he notched at these World Swimming Championships. He DID compete in the 2008 Olympics, also known as the Michael Phelps Games; however, he did not have much success.

Biedermann came in fifth in the 200m freestyle with a 1:46.00 time, two whole seconds slower than his time Tuesday. He also placed 17th overall in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:48.03, EIGHT seconds slower than his new world record time.

Eight seconds. That’s a lot.

This begs the question—how?

The answer was his Arena...

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