Manaudou Responds To Brazilian Sprinters With 47.98 LCM 100 Free

The Brazilian sprinting contingent put the world on notice yesterday, with four studs clocking sub-49-second 100m freestyles either in prelims or final at the Brazil Open.  Nicolas Oliveira led the charge in 48.41, followed by Mattheus Santana in 48.71, and Marcelo Chierghini and Alan Vitoria in times of 48.85 and 48.96, respectively.

The first to respond to the Brazilian beasts was none other than Florent Manaudou, who scorched the men’s 100m freestyle field in Nimes, France while competing at the Christmas meet.  Just when it seemed as if 2015’s most potent 50m freestyler had lost his touch in the 100m distance, Manaudou fired off a time of 47.98 to lay waste to the competitors, which included countrymate Yannick Agnel, and rocket Manaudou to the top of the world rankings for the 2015-16 season.

For Manaudou, the time ties his best time ever. The only other occasion in which the Frenchman has dipped beneath the 48-second threshold was hitting 47.98 in Berlin 2014. His swiftest of 2015 was the 48.77 he registered in Vichy this summer, so he knocked almost a cool .8 of a second from that effort to make a statement in Nimes today. In fact, his 47.98 from today would have earned him the bronze at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

What’s especially head-turning about this swim was the fact that Manaudou had only raced to 20th place last week while competing at the Amsterdam Cup. The 25-year-old touched in 50.46 to finish well out of the final.  Later that same meet, Manaudou sprinted the first 100 of the men’s 200m freestyle prelims, improving slightly on his individual swim by clocking a 49-point. Both are well off the sub-48 he just threw down in Nimes, however.

The next closest competitor to Manaudou in the 100m today was actually a pair of athletes, as both Fabien Gilot and Grégory Mallet tied for 2nd place in 49.96.  Fourth went to Yannick Agnel in 50.07, well off his 2015 best mark of 48.68 from April of this year.

2015 Nimes Christmas Meet Results

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5 years ago

Slip me his splits

5 years ago

Wow, I think that shows Florent will probably be top 8 in Rio. Guess he isn’t just a 50 swimmer

bobo gigi
Reply to  Glenny
5 years ago

I think he will swim it only if he thinks he can win it.
And a performance like that right now untapered has probably changed his mind.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

So he set a best time untapered …
We will see in Rio, i dont think he can go much faster.
Its still weird that he suddenly drops such a huge time, after being extremely slow only a couple of days ago in Amsterdam.
You also should consider that he only had to swim one fast time, in Rio he will have to be fast in semifinal (and prelims).

5 years ago

He went 21.8 on 50 free. So the question is being agle to do an amazing 50/100 at the same meet.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Yes. Right now it’s either one or the other.
But he has already done both at the same meet one time.
2014 European championships
Won the 50 free in 21.32
Won the 100 free in 47.98

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Both times wouldnt be enough to win the gold medal. I would rather take a “safe” gold in 50 free, instead of 2 minor medals.

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