Florent Manaudou set a new World Textile Best in prelims of the men’s 100 free at the French Short Course Championships, going the fastest time ever swum in the event without the now-banned polyurethane suits.
Manaudou went 45.04 in the short-course 100m free, blowing away the previous textile-best of 45.52 set by Russian Vlad Morozov last winter at the Short Course World Championships in Istanbul.
Even more amazingly, Manaudou is just a tenth off of the overall world record of 44.94 set by Amary Leveaux back in 2008 at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era.
The swim puts Manaudou atop the 2013 world rankings ahead of previous world leader James Magnussen of Australia, who had posted a time of 45.60 back in July. Manaudou will swim the 100 free again tonight at the final, where he’ll have a chance to make a charge at the world record while going after the French national title.