Paul Biedermann, born August 7, 1986, in Halle, Germany, is a German swimmer from Halle and a former 200 and 400 metre freestyle long course world champion. He also holds the long course and short course world records in these events.
In 2008, Biedermann won the 200 m freestyle long course in the European Aquatics Championships final, finishing in a time of 1:46.59 seconds, which he managed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing.
In 2009, Biedermann won the 400 m freestyle final at the World Championships. He claimed his second gold in the 200 m freestyle, defeating Michael Phelps, becoming to first man to beat Phelps in 200m freestyle at an international event in four years.
In 2011, Biedermann collected bronze medals in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 4x100m medley relay, as well as finishing 4th in the 4x200m freestyle relay. He was out touched by Michael Phelps by 0.09s in the individual 200m freestyle, however getting the better of him in the relay lead off leg beating Phelps by 0.33s, bringing their rivalry to 3-3 in major meet finals.