Euro Recap: Manaudou Set to Join Popov and Hall Jr as a Repeat Champ

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

 

 

European Swimming Medal Table Through Rio Day 6:

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
Hungary 3 0 1 2
Great Britain 1 3 0 4
Sweden 1 1 1 3
Spain 1 0 1 2
Russia 0 2 2 4
Belgium 0 1 0 1
France 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 0 1 1
Total 6 7 4 17

European Records Broken on Day 6:

Swimmer Event Time Record
Sidni Hoxha M 50 FR 22.8 Albanian Record
Andrii Govorov M 50 FR 21.47 Ukranian Record
Simonas Bilis M 50 FR 21.71 Lithuanian Record
Boglarka Kapas W 800 FR 8:19.43 Hungarian Record
Tamila Holub W 800 FR 8:45.36 Portuguese Record
Katinka Hosszu W 200 BK 2:06.03 Hungarian Record
Martina Van Berkel W 200 BK 2:13.46 Swiss Record
Ben Proud M 50 FR 21.54 British Record
Philip Heintz M 200 IM 1:57.48 German Record
Egylo Gustafsdottir W 200 BK 2:08.84 Icelandic Record

Florent Manaudou of France is aiming to join Russian Alexander Popov and American Gary Hall Jr. as repeat Olympic champions in the men’s 50 freestyle. Manaudou won the event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is heading into tomorrow night’s final as the top qualifier in the event.

Popov took the event at the 1992 and 1996 Games while Hall Jr. defeated the Russian at the 2000 Olympics tying fellow American Anthony Ervin for gold and returned four years later to stand atop of the podium once again in Athens.

Since the 2012 Olympic Manaudou has posted the world’s top time in both 2014 and 2015. He has also won the 2014 European Championships and the 2015 World Championships in the event.

The 50 freestyle was only introduced into Olympic competition in 1988 since that time the only other two men to win the event are American Matt Biondi (1988) and Brazilian Cesar Cielo (2008).

Manaudou leads all competitors with the top time of 21.32 followed by both Andrii Govorov of the Ukraine and Ervin who recorded time of 21.46 in the semi-finals.

 

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Nostradamus

A tad premature in giving him repeat status before the race has been swum. He’s a heavy favorite, but as we saw tonight…

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