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Bernard beats Van den Hoogenband's world mark in 100-meter free

Updated: March 23, 2008, 2:29 PM ET
Associated Press

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Alain Bernard shattered the 100-meter freestyle world record Friday with a time of 47.60 seconds at the European swimming championships.

In the first semifinal Bernard took nearly a quarter of a second off the record of 47.84, set by Pieter Van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Van den Hoogenband, the European and Olympic champion, did not race due to illness.

Laure Manaudou led the French women's 800 freestyle relay team ...

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