That time smashed the record set by Australian Eamon Sullivan at the Beijing Games last year.
But now Australia's head swim coach is crying foul because the swimsuit Bernard was a prototype suit pending approval from swimming authorities.
"It's a bit like the situation when Libby (Trickett) broke the world record racing Michael Phelps and her record was not ratified.
According to the Guardian Newspaper:
"New performance-boosting bodysuits covered with polyurethane to aid buoyancy triggered a row at the French championships, with some coaches and swimmers decrying them as unfair and criticising governing body FINA for not having clearer rules.