Manaudou Misses 50 m Freestyle Final at World Cup Chartres



It was a relaxed morning session at the FINA World Cup in Chartres – some events only have 7 or 8 entries like the women’s 100 m backstoke or 200 m breaststroke – these events will be swum as “fastest heats” in the afternoon’s finals session.

Florent Manaudou, 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 50m freestyle, only took the 18th place in prelims in Chartres in 22,91 – a short course time far slower than even his relaxed in-season long course swims. He already added at the press conference, held on Friday in Chartres, that “he is completely out of shape.” But he gave the French audience a good show yesterday with a victory in the 4 x 50m mixed medley relay with Jeremy Stravius, Marie Wattel and Anna Santamans.

Top seed in the 50m free is Vlad Morozov (RUS) in 21,01 ahead of Andrii Govorov (UKR). Michael Andrew (USA)  took the 8th spot in tonight’s final in 22,25. Tim Philips (USA) finished 13th in 22,65.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin touched in 23,56 in the 50m back  for the #1 seed for finals. Michael Andrew clocked a 24,52 – that is 9th place and not good enough for a second swim (barring scratches).

Kirill Prigoda (Russia) finished with the top time this morning in the 100m breaststroke in 58,28. Michael Andrew took the fifth spot for the final in 59,85.

The top seed in the women’s 50m breaststroke is Yuliya Efimova who hit the wall in a time of 29,96 – she is the only woman under 30 seconds. The next-fastest swims in the morning heats came from Jamaican Alia Atkinson in 30,11 and USA’s Katie Meilie in 30,13. Breeja Larson came in with the 5th fastest time in 30,93.

Jordan Pothan, FRA, set the fastest time in the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:45,67, followed by Great Britain’s James Guy in 1:47,15.

Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) set herself up as the #1 seed for the women’s 100 m freestyle final, she clocked a 53,33. Katinka Hosszu will be in the second seed tonight (53,58).

Top-seeded in the men’s 200m IM is Kirill Prigoda (RUS) he finished in 1.57,38, second fastets into the final is Germany’s Philip Heintz in 1.57,93. Germany’s Marco Koch scratched all starts – he is ill. Koch is a very good SC individual medley swimmer – he is the German record holder in the 400m IM in 4:01,87 and planned to swim the 200m and 400m IM at the Chartres World Cup.

The world record holder in the 100m IM, Katinka Hosszu, took the top seed in 59,61, Katie Meili (USA) showed the next fastest swim in 59,83.

In tonight’s men’s 100m butterfly final, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos is the top seed (51,72). USA’s Tim Philips also made the final in 52,81.

Franziska Hentke, Germany, took the top spot for the women’s 200m butterfly final with a 2.07,54 – Katinka Hosszu pulled out of this event, just as she did at the 2016 Olympic Games despite a chance at a medal.

The next FINA World Cup stop is Berlin – Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st, many of the international swimmers who are in Chartres will also travel to the German capital and then to Moscow. These are the additional swim meet of the European cluster.

FINA World Cup Schedule 2016

August 26-27Chartres (FRA)Doha (QAT)
August 30-31 – Berlin (GER) -September 1Dubai (UAE)
September 03-04 – Moscow (RUS)
September 30 – October 1 – Beijing (CHN)
October 4-5– Dubai (UAE)
October 8-9 – Doha (QAT)
October 21-22 – Singapore (SIN)
October 25-26 – Tokyo (JPN)
October 29-30 – Hong Kong (HKG)
















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He didn’t try, none of them French boys did, 22.9. Come on Pb+2.7 on a 50.
The French really do pick and choose ‘when they can bothered or not’
If he’s on the relay tonight, from a rolling start he’ll go 20point.
He just isn’t beating Vlad in the individual and would rather swim so slow than get beat fair.


Comforting that even the best in the world get out of shape in two weeks.

Attila the Hunt

I thought Frecn

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