Manaudou Keeps Streak Alive, Rocks Another Sub-22 on Day 1 Sette Colli Trophy Finals

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The first finals session of the 2015 Sette Colli Trophy meet certainly brought fireworks across the board, highlighted by a monster European Record from Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.  From her super swift prelims, where the 21-year old clocked the 6th-fastest times in the world in both the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, it seemed more likely than not that Sjostrom would crank out a head-turner come finals.

Enter the 100m butterfly A-Final.  In tonight’s race, Sjostrom put up the second-best 100m fly time in world history, registering a 56.04 for a new European Record, as well as a new meet record.  In fact, Sjostrom’s swim was so phenomenal she only missed the current world record, held by USA’s Dana Vollmer, by just .06 seconds.  Sjostrom’s previous lifetime best was that of 56.06, which was the previous world record behind Vollmer and was still on the books as the European and meet record before tonight’s swim.   The second place finisher in the A-Final for the 100m butterfly was Italy’s Elena Li Diddo, whose time of 57.75 was certainly overshadowed by Sjostrom’s jaw-dropper, but in itself was good enough to rank Li Diddo as 7th in the world.

Sjostrom also set the pool aflame in the women’s 50m freestyle race, where she clocked the exact same 24.44 time as what she produced in prelims to maintain the 6th-fastest time in the world.  Although in the prelims Sjostrom was the only swimmer to dip beneath the 25-point threshold, she was accompanied by another swimmer in that feat tonight. Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem touched in second place with a swift 24.94 for her efforts, not too far off the Canadian record of 24.69 Landeghem earned at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

In other women’s races, Italy’s Elena Gemo swam her way to the top of the 50m backstroke field, spinning her way to a time of 28.07.  That time earned Gemo a new Italian national record, overtaking her own 28.27 from 2009. Gemo is also now the new meet record holder as well with tonight’s swim, with her 28.07 overtaking the previous mark of Australian backstroke Emily Seebohm, who held the record at 28.31 from 2008.

France earned its first female event win the form of Coralie Balmy’s 400m freestyle victory.  Balmy’s 4:05.26 was just enough to touch out a charging Diletta Carli of Italy, who settled for second place in a narrowly close time of 4:05.49. The women now own the 5th and 7th-fastest times in the world, respectively.

As expected, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte continued her red-hot winning streak carried over from the Mare Nostrom series, with the breaststroking queen racing her way to the 100m title in 1:05.68.  The time is her second fastest in as many weeks, with her 1:05.46 from Canet topping the current world rankings.  Meilutyte’s time from today was just a hair off the meet record mark of 1:05.46, which is still held from 2008 by Australia’s Leisel Jones.

On the men’s side of the house, Niccolo Bonacchi started off the night with the host country’s first win, registering a 25.16 to take the 50m backstroke.  In doing so, Bonacchi clipped French favorite, Camille Lacourt, by just 3/100, with Lacourt touching in 25.19.

Hungary was the next nation to get on the board, with a win by Peter Bernek in the men’s 400m freestyle race. Bernek won the event by a full second, touching in 3:48.83.  This time is just behind Bernek’s 3:47.31 he earned at the Eindhoven Swim Cup earlier this year in April.

Although none of the men struck a time under the minute mark, Lithuanian Gledrius Titenis took home his country’s second win on the night, earning the men’s 100m breaststroke first place prize in a time of 1:00.10.  Titenis was able to hold of South African breaststroking threat Cameron Van Der Burgh who wound up second in a time of 1:00.77.  Italian Fabio Scozzoli wrangled in third place, clocking a time of 1:00.89.

The men’s 100m butterfly race was a tad lackluster, with no one able to cross the 52-point border; all of the men clocked times above the 52-point mark, led by Italian Matteo Rivolta.  Rivolta was able to claim victory in a time of 52.30, just 5/100 faster than runner-up Piero Codia, who touched in 52.35.

In the final sprint race of the evening, the ever-consistent splash n’ dasher Florent Manaudou from France was at it again, steamrolling his way to yet another sub-22 mark. Tonight he touched in 21.64 to win the event in a new meet record, taking over his own previous standard of 21.80 set back in 2013. With his 21.57 he cranked out at the French Elite Nationals back in April, Manaudou now owns the top two times in the world in the event. The next fastest swimmer of the Sette Colli field was that of Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkone who raced to a 22.09.

Prelims begin tomorrow at 9am local/3am Eastern time.

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Florent consistent times are so ahead of the field I think if by some miracle he loses the gold in Kazan he will need a psychiatrist to help to overcome the loss.

bobo gigi

He was also the huge favorite in 2013 so anything is always possible.
Perhaps the Russian officials have planned something to eliminate the biggest rival of Morozov.
But you’re probably right. He has put all his focus this year on the 50s. He has never won a world title in long course and wants it very badly.


In 2013 he was favourite because he is current Olympic champion.Now he is favourite because of his consistency.With his start and first 25meters Cielo must watch out even in 50fly.

Gina Rhinestone

You should layoff the Rusphobia for today . It’s Russia Day ! Millions of pretty blonde girls are out In their red & gold headwear & handing out cherry pastries .

You guys do have some things in common – both commendable got rid of your Royals Chop chop bang bang & have tricolour flags . A lot of people can not tell the difference .


Florent has a clear advantage but let’s not count out the Brazilian rockets Cielo and Fratus


Will manadou swim any other 50’s at world’s? He’s internationally ranked in all of them. would be interesting to see.

Justin Thompson

I more interested if he steps up and throws down a 47 100m free.


he’s already been a 47. but yes, a 47.5 or better would be… “interesting.”
he has world SC medals in each 50 except for fly. (free- gold, back-gold, breast-bronze)
however, fly is probably his 2nd best stroke (he’s ranked 4th in the world right now in LC and has won it at the Euro Champs)
either way, I’d like to see him medal in more than just the 50 free


Well he did not qualify on 50 back right? so there is 50 fly/free

Don´t know about 50 breast if he will swim it.. but It is hard to think anyone except Peaty Vdb and França getting the 3 medals..

On 50 fly there are 5 guys who already went sub-23 before who will be at Kazan.. Cielo Santos Tsurkin Govorov and Proud.. Manadou has a 23 flat.. it will be an interesting race..


I actually dont know what he did/didn’t qualify in. I was just basing my ideas off of his performances in Doha and Istanbul in SC.
Sure, he won’t be able to medal in the 50 breast, though I’m still amazed he was able to do it in ’12, though not against any of the big guys (van der burgh, peaty) for obvious reasons. He did beat both cordes and Yamaguchi, neither are sprinters, but its worth noting.
As an American, I dont know much at all about competition in the stroke 50s, but manadou always seems to be up there.

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