Kenneth To of Australia and Florent Manaudou of France each broke their respective country’s national record in the 100 individual medley at the Doha World Cup today.
To went a 51.19 to win the 100 IM today in Doha, Qatar. In doing so he lowered his own Australian national record of 51.38, which he had set in December 2012 at the Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. In that race he finished second to Ryan Lochte (who had set the world record for the event with a 50.71 in the semi-finals).
Manaudou finished fourth in today’s final but his 52.16 was the best time ever put up by a French swimmer in the 100 IM. He beat a record set in 2008 by Antoine Galavtine at the French National Championships in Angers. These were the days of the super suits; five years later Manaudou’s swim puts textile back on top.