CC photo #153: The surfing left hand of Paul Biedermann


A lucky shot during the Debrecen 2012 men’s 400 freestyle final, from top to bottom Italy’s Gabriele Detti, Hungary’s Gergo Kis, Italy’s Samuel Pizzetti and Germany’s Paul Biedermann. Notice how Biedermann’s left hand surfs on the water – I’ve heard that this is deliberate, that he tries to surf on his left arm for a moment to keep his body high in the water, fingers almost pointing upwards. Biedermann won the event in 3:47.84.

The surfing left hand of Paul Biedermann

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