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June 19th, 2008, 03:25 PM
The French 4 x 100 free relay with
Amaury Leveaux (48.81),
Fabien Gilot (48.05),
Fred Bousquet (48.41) and
Alain Bernard (47.27)
went 3:12.54 at the Paris Open with a European record in the men's 400 free relay.

They barely missed the 3:12.46 United States world record from the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships.

compared splits

United States: / France:
Michael Phelps (48.83) / Amaury Leveaux (48.81)
Neil Walker (47.89) / Fabien Gilot (48.05)
Cullen Jones (47.96) / Fred Bousquet (48.41)
Jason Lezak (47.78) / Alain Bernard (47.27)

The Frenchies smashed Italy's European record of 3:14.04 from the 2007 World Championships.

here's the current list of top times in the world for the 100 free
Rank Time IPS Athlete YoB Nat Meet
1 47.50 1020 BERNARD, Alain 1983 FRA EUR08MAR
2 47.52 1019 SULLIVAN, Eamon 1985 AUS AUSLCMAR
3 48.02 1004 GILOT, Fabien 1984 FRA FRALCAPR
4 48.34 995 CIELO, Cesar A. 1987 BRA OSUAPR
5 48.35 995 MAGNINI, Filippo 1982 ITA ROMAJUN
6 48.36 994 TARGETT, Matthew 1986 AUS AUSLCMAR
7 48.37 994 VDHOOGENBAND, Pieter 1978 NED NEDLCJUN
8 48.38 994 LEVEAUX, Amaury 1985 FRA FRALCAPR
9 48.40 993 LAGUNOV, Evgeni 1985 RUS RUSLCJUN
48.40 993 NYSTRAND, Stefan 1981 SWE EUR08MAR
10 48.41 993 SCHOEMAN, Roland 1980 RSA RSALCAPR
48.41 993 PHELPS, Michael 1985 USA OSUAPR
11 48.45 992 LAUTERSTEIN, Andrew 1987 AUS AUSLCMAR
12 48.50 990 WEBER-GALE, Garrett 1985 USA USAAAMAR
13 48.52 990 BOUSQUET, Frederick 1981 FRA FRALCAPR
14 48.53 989 GREVERS, Matthew 1985 USA USAAAMAR
15 48.55 989 DEIBLER, Steffen 1987 GER GERLCAPR
16 48.68 985 CALLUS, Ashley 1979 AUS AUSLCMAR
17 48.75 983 LEZAK, Jason 1975 USA TYRMVAPR
18 48.81 981 DRAGANJA, Duje 1983 CRO EUR08MAR
19 48.82 981 FERNS, Lyndon 1984 RSA RSALCAPR
20 48.86 980 GRECHIN, Andrey 1987 RUS EUR08MAR
21 48.91 978 HAYDEN, Brent 1983 CAN CANLCAPR
22 48.95 977 MALLET, Gregory 1984 FRA FRALCAPR
23 48.96 977 STEIMETZ, Boris 1987 FRA FRALCAPR


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