Updated: Saturday, 03 May 2014 01:53 | By Agence France-Presse

Biedermann returns to winning ways

World record holder Paul Biedermann clinched the German 400m freestyle national title on Friday in his first race since the 2012 London Olympics.

Biedermann returns to winning ways

Germany's Paul Biedermann leaves the pool on July 30, 2012 in London - by Martin Bureau

Biedermann finished in a time of 3min 47.89sec, a long way off his world record of 3:40.07 but good enough for him to book a place at the forthcoming European championships to be staged in Berlin in August.

Biedermann, 27, missed the 2013 world championships in Barcelona because of a virus.

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