Manaudou Posts a 21.61 50 Freestyle to Win French Open

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou of France recorded a time of 21.61 to win the men’s 50 freestyle at the French Open today in Vichy. Manaudou was not far off his season’s best of 21.57 which is the top ranked time in the world. The time he put up today is the second fastest time posted in the world this year.

This was to be the marquee race of the competition with both Manaudou and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Brazilian Cesar Cielo battling for the victory. Unfortunately it did not live up to the hype as the Frenchman beat Cielo by over half a second.

Cielo took home the silver posting a time of 22.15 followed closely by Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece who touched in a time of 22.17.

Viktoria Zeynep Gunes of Turkey took home gold in both the 50 and the 200 breaststroke. Gunes won the 50 breaststroke finishing a time of 31.37. Later in the evening she took the 200 breaststroke with ease posting a time of 2:22.69.

Gunes time now puts her 10th in the world rankings and is a new Turkish national record, beating her previous personal best of 2:23.47.

Amit Ivry of Israel finished second in the 50 touching in a time of 31.46 followed by Italian Arianna Castiglioni who hit the wall in a time of 31.46.

Molly Renshaw of Great Britain collected the silver in the 200 finishing in a time of 2:25.67 followed by American Laura Sogar who posted a 2:26.75.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was also a multiple winner taking the gold in the women’s 400 IM and the 200 butterfly. Hosszu dominated the 400 IM winning in a time of 3:34.90, nearly seven seconds ahead of Fatine Lesaffre who finished in a time of 4:41.81.

Slovenian Anja Klinar finished third in a time of 4:42.05.

Hosszu took the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:11.25. Marie Wattel of France finished second in a time of 2:12.63 followed by her French teammate Camille Wishaupt who hit the wall in a time of 2:14.64.

Italian Federica Pellegrini highlighted the first night of competition with an impressive performance in the women’s 200 freestyle, although she did collected gold in the 100 freestyle it was not nearly as impressive. Pellegrini took the event in a time of 54.37 followed by Charlotte Bonnet of France who posted a 54.72 and Hosszu who finished in a time of 55.26.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:00.38. He was followed by Giacomo Perez Dortona of France who finished in a time of 1:00.72 and Slovenian Damir Dugonjic who hit the wall in a time of 1:01.48.

Fran Halsall of Great Britain won her second event of the competition taking the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 26.20. Halsall was followed by Anna Dowgiert of Poland who posted a 26.45 and Kimberly Buys of Belgium who finished in a time of 26.75.

Jan Switkowski took the men’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.71 followed by Lorys Bourelly of France who recorded a time of 1:49.25. Italian Filipe Magnini won the bronze finishing in a time of 1:49.28.

Mehdy Metella of France and Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland sit seventh and eighth in the world rankings in the men’s 100 butterfly, today in Vichy they finished one two in the event. Metella collected the gold in a time of 52.31 followed by Korzeniowski who hit the wall in a time of 52.42. Italian Matteo Rivolta finished third in a time of 53.09.

Georgia Davies of Great Britain took the women’s 50 backstroke on day one and followed that up by winning the 100 backstroke on day two. Davies earned gold posting a time of 1:00.65. Alicja Tchorz of Poland finished second in a time of 1:01.42 followed by Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine who touched in a time of 1:01.87.

Camille Lacourt of France, who will be defending the 50 backstroke world title next month, took the event in a time of 25.11. He was followed closely by French teammate Jeremy Stravius who finished in a time of 25.21. Israelis Jonatan Kopelev and Guy Marcos Barnea tied for the bronze both hitting the wall in a time of 25.61.

Three French women went one, two, three in the women’s 400 freestyle. Carolie Balmy won the event in a time of 4:07.42 followed by Charlotte Bonnet who touched in a time of 4:11.81. Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne won the bronze in a time of 4:12.06.

Arkady Vyatchanin of Serbia took the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:56.80. Vyatchanin was just off his season’s best of 1:56.31 which ranks fourth in the world. Ben Stasiulis of France finished second in a time of 1:58.93 followed by fellow Frenchman Oleg Garasymovytch who finished in a time of 2:01.38.

Full results can be found here.


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bobo gigi

At least he accepts to swim the finals in that event….
Monster start as always and his second best time of the year well ahead of the others.
His goals of the summer: to win a first individual gold medal at the LCM world championships and a new 50 free PB around 21.20.


While Manaudou time is a great one, our perception of dominance is tainted by Cielo under performing.In 2010, Cielo did 21.55 in the same competition.21.66 in 2011.21.78 in 2013(Manaudou won in 21.64) and 21.16 last year(Manaudou won in 21.71). The age is coming to Cielo.


Note: I mean 22.16 not 21.16 obviously.


Would have loved to see what Manaudou could have done in the super suit era


That is a very taboo thing to say in the swimming community


Probably a touch faster than Cielo’s suit record, I would suggest around 20.75 at the absolute fastest.

In short course meters, I’m guessing close to a sub-20 in the free and perhaps sub-22 in the backstroke. Also sub-50 in the 100m IM (though I think he’ll achieve that soon anyway). What do you think?

bobo gigi

Day 2 notable results: Men’s 1500 free 1. Bouchaut in 15.09.31 2. Joly in 15.09.69 Women’s 50 fly 1. Halsall in 26.20 Men’s 100 breast 1. CVDB in 1.00.38 2. GPD in 1.00.72 Women’s 400 IM 1. Hosszu in 4.34.90 Men’s 100 fly 1. Metella in 52.31 2. Korzeniowski in 52.42 5. Barrett in 53.49 Men’s 50 back 1. Lacourt in 25.11 2. Stravius in 25.21 Women’s 200 fly 1. Hosszu in 2.11.25 Women’s 400 free 1. Balmy in 4.07.42 Men’s 50 free 1. Manaudou in 21.61 2. Cielo in 22.15 3. Gkolomeev in 22.17 7. Bousquet in 22.47 Women’s 200 breast 1. Gunes in the great time of 2.22.69! Men’s 200 back 1. Vyatchanin in 1.56.80 despite not swimming… Read more »

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