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It has never been as loud as today in the Velodrom. When Paul Biedermann, last swimmer in the 4x200m freestyle relay, touched the wall, the home crowd went wild: the second swim-gold for the host country! It didn’t look like Germany could use the home advantage, though. The teams from France and Poland were in the lead thanks to fast swimmers like Jeremy Stravius (FRA), Yannick Agnel (FRA) and Pawel Korzeniowski (POL). Germany laid on the rank seven after 400m meters. But when the third swimmers dived into the water, the leader changed. Team France lost his lead, Russia came second and Clemens Rapp changed third. Last swimmer Biedermann, who hasn’t started in 100m freestyle to be well prepared for the relay, got closer. On the last lane, Biedermann catched both competitors from Russia and France, and finished in 7:09,00 minutes. Biedermann was the fastest swimmer in the relay with 1:44,95 minutes. The four German swimmers Robin Backhaus, Yannick Lebherz, Clemens Rapp and Paul Biedermann hugged each other and were celebrated by the spectators. After the ceremony the quartet did a lap of honour and were welcomed by the excited spectators with laola-waves, cheers and dances. “The DSV-Youth is amazing”, said Biedermann, “the very loud support brought us to the top. Relays are really the best!”.

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