The first two days of Short Course Worlds in Doha, Qatar saw three new world records each. Day 3 outdid both. The 4th world record went down in the 50 freestyle, where French fast-twitch specialist Florent Manaudou went 20.26 to break a super-suited mark set by South Africa’s Roland Schoeman.
Manaudou and Schoeman are actually very similar swimmers. Both specialize in the 50 free, but use unbelievable starts and turns to be major international factors in the 50s of other strokes as well.
Manaudou got under Schoeman’s mark by just .04. Here’s a quick splits comparison of the two 50s:
- 2014 Manaudou: 20.26
- 2009 Schoeman: 20.30
(That’s a joke, everyone. You can laugh now.)
That’ll stand up as Manaudou’s second gold medal of these championships, after he was the hero of the French 4×100 free relay that won gold on day 1. The individual 100 free goes off tomorrow morning with the final on Sunday.