Alain Bernard profile

Swimming (Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay)

Career highlight

The 'big blond shark' came home from Beijing with a full house of medals: Gold in the 100m Freestyle, Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay and Bronze in the 50m Freestyle. He set an Olympic record of 47.05 in the 100m Freestyle.

Other career

Beijing 2008 medals

  • Gold, 100m Freestyle
  • Silver, 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Bronze, 50m Freestyle

Bernard was the first man to swim under the 47 second mark for 100m freestyle in April 2009, but the suit he wore was deemed not to be compliant by Fina in June 2009, meaning that his achievement was never ratified in the record books, making the Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho the official record holder.

Failure at France's national championships means that Bernard will not be able to defend his 100m freestyle title, and he will only compete as part of the 4x100m Freestyle Relay team.

Did you know?

On returning from Beijing, Bernard signed up as to join the Gendarmerie (military police) with the ambition to become either a motorbike rider or helicopter pilot. He has a tattoo of a shark on his hip.