France Announces Team of 6 Men, 5 Women for Short Course Worlds in Doha

The French Federation has announced its team for the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Led by Florent Manaudou, a triple gold medalist at European Championships this past summer, the team includes six men and five women:

  • Yannick Agnel
  • Florent Manaudou
  • Mehdy Metella
  • Clément Mignon
  • Giacomo Perez Dortona
  • Benjamin Stasiulis
  • Charlotte Bonnet
  • Mathilde Cini
  • Mélanie Henique
  • Anna Santamans
  • Marie Wattel

Manaudou finished second in the 50 free to Vlad Morozov two years ago at Short Course worlds, but is coming off a very successful long course season that culminated in three golds at Euros, including a championship record in the 50 free. Agnel had a disappointing Euros but is back training in familiar territory, having recently traded Bob Bowman and North Baltimore for Lionel Horter and Mulhouse.

Metella was a member of France’s gold medal-winning 400 free relay and swam fly on the silver medal-winning 400 medley relay at Euros. Perez Dortona swam breast on that medley relay. Mignon was on both the men’s 400 free relay and the bronze medal-winning mixed 400 free relay with Anna Santamans. Stasiulis finaled in both the 100 and 200 back at Euros and led off the medley relay.

When Camille Muffat retired abruptly before Euros last summer, Bonnet was thrust into the spotlight as a potential successor, and it was hoped she would lead the charge for the future of French women’s swimming. But Bonnet failed to live up to expectations at Euros. Instead, it was Santamans who impressed on the women’s side. The sprinter missed the podium by one spot in the 50 free and won a bronze medal as a member of the mixed 400 free relay.

Wattel is the youngest member of the French squad. She swam 50 and 100 fly at Euros. Henique also competed in the 50 fly in Berlin, while Cini was in the 50 and 100 back.

The French will be led by delegation chief Pierre Grosbois and head coach Romain Barnier. Other members of the staff include:

  • Director of Racing: Patrice Cassagne
  • Coaches: Lionel Horter, Julien Jacquier, Maxime Leutenegger, Fabrice Pellerin
  • Doctor: Stephane Lefebvre
  • Physical therapists: Arnaud Tixier, Alexandra Le Goff
  • Analyst: Denis Westrich

Florent Manaudou and Anna Santamans are the only two on the above list that were also part of the 9-member French delegation at the 11th FINA Short Course Worlds in Instanbul in 2012, where France finished 22nd on the medals table.


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6 years ago

I thinky now only RUS JPN and CHN are yet to announce their team from the big powers to go.. correct?

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Japan have announced a team of 16 Men and 17 Women with the likes of Irie, Hagino, Seto and Koseki all chosen

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Russia can’t afford to announce a team until they’re reasonably certain that everyone under consideration is clean. If I was their anti-doping head, anyone who wanted to be named would be peeing in a cup every three days until they step up to the blocks. I think their first strike will have fallen off by Doha if they’re doing a rolling one year to determine it, but they can’t take any chances in that regard.

Reply to  beachmouse
6 years ago

And australia as well

Team Rwanda
6 years ago

Good team on men’s side! I am little disappointed that Jeremy Stravius is not on the team. he could have helped the relays a lot with his lochte-like underwaters

bobo gigi
Reply to  Team Rwanda
6 years ago

He had a tough year with a back injury and a little lack of motivation. He trained less to have a new start mentally and physically for the last 2 years of his career in 2015 and 2016.
Kazan and Rio are his goals now.

6 years ago

Feeling deflated.

Can FINA keep calling it a “World Championship” if most countries don’t even send their A-squad? France is *barely* entering enough for a relay. It’s too bad a six-continent championship can have weaker competition than Europe only.

Reply to  floppy
6 years ago

Since when has European Short Course Championships ever been faster than World Short Course Championships?


Reply to  floppy
6 years ago

Most of the top athletes don´t do short course, but still there were many interesting races 2 years ago in Istanbul!

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