French star Florent Manaudou had a strong start to his season over the weekend in Compiegne posting a 46.48 to win the men’s 100 freestyle. That time currently ranks him third in the world behind Brazilian Cesar Cielo who posted a 46.08 at the Jose Finkel Trophy and Chad le Clos who recorded a 46.24 at the World Cup in Dubai.
Manaudou had a fantastic short course season in 2013 posting a lifetime best time of 45.04 at the French Short Course Championships, just missing Amaury Leveaux‘s world record of 44.94. He was not able to compete at the 2013 European Short Course Championships due to a shoulder injury which he sustained at the national championships.
His time from the French championships topped the world rankings and was over half a second faster then Australian James Magnussen who posted a 45.60.
His time from this weekend is the second fastest 100 freestyle of his career and is much faster than the 47.27 which he recorded at the same meet just a year ago.
Manaudou told the French paper L’Equipe that he was happy with how he swam for the amount of training he has done and the shape he is in.
The Frenchman also posted a time of 21.83 in the 50 freestyle.