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Alain BERNARD

France
TeamFrance
SwimmingSwimming
Olympic Medals
2G
1S
1B
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesBeijing 2008
Year of Birth1983

Biography

Alain Bernard first came to prominence at the 2008 European Championships in Eindhoven. Not only did the Frenchman win three gold medals (50 and 100 metres, 4x100 relay - all freestyle), he also bettered the world record in both individual events, even twice for the blue ribbon event, the 100 metres. This performance made him a favorite for the Olympic gold in the freestyle sprint events. At first, Bernard disappointed, anchoring the French team in the 4x100 free relay final but losing the lead to the United States’ Jason Lezak in the final centimetres. Moreover, Eamon Sullivan (47.21) had taken Bernard’s world record in the opening leg of that race. Bernard grabbed it back (47.20) in the semi-finals of the individual 100 free, only to lose it again to Sullivan (47.05) in the second semi-final. The final was a close showdown between the Australian and the Frenchman, with Bernard winning. Adding a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle, Bernard left Beijing with a full set of Olympic medals.

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