ROME Germany's Paul Biedermann ripped up Ian Thorpe's world record to win the men's 400 meters freestyle final at the world championships on Sunday.
Biedermann swam 3 minutes 40.07 to beat Australian Thorpe's 2002 mark by one hundredth of a second.
Tunisia's Olympic 1,500m champion Oussama Mellouli was second with China's Zhang Lin third.
"It was a wonderful moment," Biedermann told reporters. "I had great opposition to push me to this world record. It was my day today."
Thorpe retired before the full introduction of hi-tech swimsuits, which have caused a raft of world records and are set to be banned from January.
(Reporting by Mark Meadows and Ian Simpson; Editing by Ed Osmond)