Manaudou Blasts 21.73 50 Free Prelim In Return To Racing At Sette Colli

2019 SETTE COLLI TROPHY

28-year-old Olympic champion Florent Manaudou produced a statement-making swim this morning at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, making his return to competitive racing in style.

While competing on day 1 of the 3-day meet, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist fired off a quick 21.73 to take the 2nd seed behind Brazil’s Bruno Fratus in the men’s 50m freestyle heats. The pair represented the only swimmers to dive under 22 seconds out of the morning, with the next fastest coming in the form of America’s Michael Andrew, who punched the wall at the same time as Italian Santo Condorelli in 22.06.

And just like that, Manaudou is now ranked 8th in the world for this season.

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2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 FREE

2Vladimir
MOROZOV
RUS21.2708/15
3Bruno
FRATUS
BRA21.3106/09
4Kristian
GKOLOMEEV
GRE21.4507/27
5Benjamin
PROUD
GBR21.4804/28
6Andrea
VERGANI
ITA21.5304/02
7Michael
ANDREW
USA21.6207/27
8Shinri
SHIOURA
JPN21.6704/07
8Pawel
JURASZEK
POL21.6707/27
10Florent
MANAUDOU
FRA21.7206/21
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After taking a step back from the sport after taking 50m free silver in Rio, the Frenchman announced that he would return to competitive swimming full time, signing with the Energy Standard team of the International Swim League.

Manaudou’s personal best in the 50m free rests at a wicked-fast 21.19, a mark which ties him as the 5th fastest ever. The fact the man is already into the 21-high territory in prelims of his first meet is a good sign the beast of old is making his way back.

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Prison MIke
1 year ago

This guy is an absolute specimen. I have been seeing a lot of people counting him out and saying that he wouldn’t be able to compete with Proud, Dressel or Fratus anymore after his 3 year hiatus but I believe he can win gold in Tokyo. He went 20.6 (flying start) short course with 3 training sessions back in November before he came back and now this. He always shows up when he has to in big races, considering the arguably worst race of his career landed him Olympic silver, only 0.01 away from another gold just goes to show how good he is. The 50 freestyle right now is one of the most stacked events by far and I’m… Read more »

ooo
Reply to  Prison MIke
1 year ago

I believe his worst race was the fly leg in the French medley relay in 2011. A piano of unseen magnitude crushed him in the last 5 meters. (23.68 – 54.02)

Joe
Reply to  ooo
1 year ago

Someone please have a video of this. I remember watching it in real time and it’s way worse than anything Tom Shields has gotten crap for lol

BKP
Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

Was this at worlds? Prelims? (France wasnt in the final) or different meet?

ooo
Reply to  BKP
1 year ago

Yes Prelims Shanghai WC. France missed out the final by a few “. Poor Gilot had no idea on when to dive and if this would be to finish the race or rescue Florent.

Prison MIke
Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

I know I am late to the party but here it is : https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xk8y6j

IM FAN
1 year ago

He back…

Really though 21.7 for your first race since a nearly 3 year hiatus is 🔥

Dee
1 year ago

I’m not a great fan of sprint free, but the 50 is going to be incredible in Tokyo. What a statement.

Tim
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Ditto – I much prefer the 200 Free as a race but there is a stacked field in the 50 right now.

Observer
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

“I’m not a great fan of sprint free” said no one ever

Dee
Reply to  Observer
1 year ago

Much rather watch a good 1500 haha

Leisurely1:29
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

I agree, as Jack Cartwright once said: “I’m a big fan of the 50 and 100”

50 free
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Take that back

Taa
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

The 50 is the new 100 I said that last week

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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