Following in the footsteps of her French compatriot Yannick Agnel, London gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat broke the short-course 800m freestyle world record at the French championships Friday.
The 23-year-old shattered the previous mark set by Italian Alessia Filippi at the 2008 European championships by more than three seconds, clocking 8:01.06 in the 25-meter pool.
“My best time over the distance was 8:23,” Muffat told AFP after the race. “Fabrice [Pellerin, her coach] threw down the gauntlet and told me I could do 8:04. I couldn’t duck that!”
Also similar to teammate Agnel, who broke the men’s 400m short-course record Thursday with a time of 3:32.25, Muffat bested a time put in the book when the high-tech polyurethane suits were still being used in competitions. They’ve since been banned.
Muffat was able to complete the whole medal set in London, taking home gold in the 400m free, silver in the 200m free, and bronze in the 4x200m free relay.