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Biedermann completes 200-400 sweep at swim Euros

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By Associated Press

DEBRECEN, Hungary (AP) — Even without his super suit, Paul Biedermann showed he's a threat again by winning the 200-meter freestyle at the European Championship by a large margin Wednesday, following up a gold in the 400 two days earlier.

Biedermann burst onto the scene at the 2009 worlds in Rome, when he swept the 200 and 400 in world record times — easily beating Michael Phelps in the 200 and breaking Ian Thorpe's seven-year-old 400 mark in the process. But those races were won in the now banned high-tech bodysuits.

Meanwhile, Biedermann's girlfriend, Olympic champion Britta Steffen, settled for silver in the 100 freestyle, with Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden winning by a large margin for her second gold of the meet, having also won the 50 butterfly.

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