Manaudou Posts Top Time In The 100 IM

Yesterday at the French Short Course National Championships Florent Manaudou put up an extremely impressive result in the 100 freestyle, winning the event in a time of 45.04 taking over the top spot in the world rankings, surpassing Australian James Magnussen who had posted a time of 45.60 earlier in the year.

He followed that up today by taking the 100 IM in a time of 50.96 setting a new French national record and once again taking the number one position in the world rankings, this time beating Russian Vlad Morozov‘s 50.97 which he recorded at the World Cup in Beijing.

The time is also a lifetime best for Manaudou who recorded a time of 52.16 at the World Cup in Doha where he raced head to head with Morozov.


  • Morozov – 23.47/28.02     51.49
  • Manaudou – 23.45/28.71    52.16

In both of their season’s best Manaudou has had the advantage in the first half with Morozov being faster in the final 50 meters.

  • Manaudou – Dijon – 23.04/27.92    50.96
  • Morozov – Beijing – 23.84/27.13    50.97

It will be a must see event the next time that the two meet each other in Herning.

Raphael Stacchiotti finished second at the French Nationals well behind Manaudou posting a time of 53.86.

Men’s 100 backstroke

Manaudou was not the only one to post a world’s best in national record time, Jeremy Stravius grabbed some attention as he posted a 49.57 to win the 100 backstroke. Stravius beat his own national record of 49.70 which he put up at last year’s European Championships.

  • Dijon – 23.70/25.87  49.57
  • Chartres 2012 – 23.82/25.88   49.70

Stravius took over the number one ranking beating American Eugene Godsoe‘s 49.87 that he swam at the World Cup in Tokyo. He also catapulted himself ahead of his main competition in Herning, Russian Vitaly Melnikov.

  • Stravius – 23.70/25.87  49.57
  • Melnikov – 24.23/25.64   49.87.

Ben Stasiulis finished second in a time of 51.57 followed by Camille Lacourt who recorded a time of 52.08.

Women’s 400 freestyle

In possibly the most compelling race of the evening the first four swimmers had only 67 one-hundredths of a second separating them at the finish with each of them making it into the world’s top ten. Coralie Balmy won the event in a time of 4:01.00 followed by Camille Muffat who posting a 4:01.35. Carlotte Bonnet finished third in a time of 4:01.44 with Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendall finishing fourth recording a time of 4:01.67.

The women took over the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth position in the world rankings.

Van Rouwendall also set a new Dutch record breaking Rieneke Terink‘s 2009 mark of 4:03.47.

Women’s 1500 freestyle

In her quest to make the Dutch national records in the distance events respectable Sharon Van Rouwendall set the 800 freestyle record on Friday and earlier in the evening lowered the 400 freestyle record as well, she finished off the evening by destroying the Dutch national record in the 1500 freestyle by almost 28 seconds.

Van Rouwendall won the event in a time of 15:55.00 breaking Jolande van der Meer’s mark of 16:23.40 set in 1984. Her time also puts her second in the world rankings, well behind Mireia Belmonte of Spain who has recorded a 15:26.95 this year.

Morgane Rothon finished second setting a championship record time of 16:08.09 (a championship record can only be held by French athletes) out touching Aurelie Muller who finished third posting a time of 16:08.14.

Men’s 1500 freestyle 

Anthony Pannier took the men’s 1500 freestyle in a championship record time of 14:37.84, the time also ranks eighth in the world. He was followed by Axel Reymond who touched in a time of 14:48.09 and Enzo Vial Collet who posted a time of 14:50.22.

Women’s 100 butterfly

Camille Muffat won her first national crown in the 100 butterfly posting a time of 57.31. She was followed by Melanie Henique who finished in a time of 58.10 and Marie Wattel who touched in a time of 58.90.

The 16 year old Wattel set a new French age group record.

Men’s 50 backstroke

Mathilde Cini won the event in a time of 27.39 followed by Cloe Credeville who posted a time of 27.50. Camille Gheorghiu finished third recording a time of 28.46.

Women’s 100 breaststroke

The women’s 100 breaststroke was a tightly contested race with the top three women being separated by seven one-hundredths of a second. Belgian swimmer Fanny Lecluyse hit the wall first in a time of 1:08.12. Claire Polit finished second in a time of 1:08.16 three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Sarah Vaisse who recorded a time of 1:08.19.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

Giacomo Perez Dortona won the even in a time of 26.86 followed by Eddie Moueddene who finished second in a time of 27.21 and Malik Fall who posted a time of 27.67.

Men’s 200 butterfly

Jordan Coellto took the men’s 200 butterfly with ease hitting the wall first in a time of 1:53.70. Thomas Vilaceca finished second in a time of 1:55.58 with Marvin Maisonneuve finishing well behind in a time of 1:58.32.

Full results can be found here





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bobo gigi

Manaudou is always as enormous on this photo.
What a physical beast!

About the 100 IM, he said before the race he wanted to break the world record. He didn’t but 50.96 is still a great performance and a new French record.
That event is perfect for him. He isn’t at all an all-round swimmer but the 100 IM in short course is more for the powerful guys and for the sprinters. That’s why it’s surprising in my opinion to see Mr Lochte with the world record.

bobo gigi

Stravius’ time is very promising for next week and the European championships. He wasn’t fully tapered for these French championships.
The young Jean Dencausse continues to perform very well on breaststroke. He swam 27.76 in the 50 breast. He’s the future French breaststroke star. Perhaps 2016 will come a little too early but I wouldn’t be surprised if he qualified.
3 French girls in 4.01 in the 400 free! A new big PB for Charlotte Bonnet. Dear swimswam readers, Charlotte is coming. Keep an eye on her for the future world and olympic medals, especially in the 200 free.


Bobo, who coaches Bonnet and who’s she training with? It’s fun to follow a young swimmer’s journey and development before they make big or go superstardom, although truly great legends did not leave us much time to follow their early career before they go supernova.


I thought she was part of Pellerin’s group at Nice, but I’m sure Bobo knows better than me.

bobo gigi

I haven’t still found the 100 free video with Manaudou. Shame on eurosport for not posting the race on its website. Usually they do it with the records or the big races. Not this time.

For those who are interested, I have found the 100 fly final with Jérémy Stravius.

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