Manaudou Swims World’s Best Time, Beats Bruno in Nancy

The 2013 French International Meet in Nancy, France, belies its name as it was a meet dominated almost exclusively by French swimmers. That is, except for the sprints, where the growing ADN Project training group was in attendance to challenge France’s best, and Olympic 50m champion, Florent Manaudou.

That 50 free was the clear highlight of this meet, with a slew of former Olympic finalists in the mix. Manaudou, Brazil’s Henrique Martins and Bruno Fratus, Russia’s Sergey Fesikov, one of Belgium’s best Yoris Grandjean, and even Spanish sprinter Rafael Munoz all took on this race.

In the end, though, it was the home-cooking from Manaudou that won in 21.62 – the fastest time in the world this year, just ahead of American Nathan Adrian. Fratus became the world’s third-swimmer under 22 seconds with a 21.92 for 2nd.

In behind them was Bousquet, now 31-years old, in 22.03, with Martins (22.61) and Fesikov (22.70).

Manaudou, who is still focusing almost exclusively on 50 meter races since the Olympics, didn’t swim the 100 free. That race wasn’t quite as speedy, but was won by Martins in 50.25. Fesikov took 2nd in 50.47, and Gregory Mallet and William Meynard tied for 3rd in 50.48.

Manaudou did win two other 50 meter races however: the 50 backstroke (24.95) and the 50 fly (23.70), the latter ahead of the World Record holder Munoz (23.93).

The young French sprinter didn’t swim the 50 breaststroke at this meet, but he’s certainly capable of winning that race as well. It’s always a dicey game in 50 meter races, but there’s an outside chance that he could sweep the 50 meter races this summer in Barcelona at the World Championships.

Other winners:

  • Henrique Martins (53.08) bested Rafa Munoz (53.37) in the 100 fly. That’s easily the best time Munoz has been this early in the year ever in his career – an encouraging sign for a swimmer who has really fallen from his global perch since the rubber suits went away.
  • Coralie Balmy won the women’s 400 free in 4:07.93 – just missing another world-best time by about two-tenths of a second. She had a more traditional spread than we see from some of the best middle-distance freestylers these days, going 2:01-2:06. Balmy was also 1:58.19 in the 200 free.
  • Jeremy Stravius won the 100 backstroke in 54.03, bettering Camille Lacourt in 54.43,
  • Giacomo Perez-Dortona dominated the breaststroke events as the country’s new top man in the event. He topped the 50 in 28.03, and the 100 in 1:01.02. He’s often very fast early in the year, but these times are already approaching his lifetime bests.

Full meet results available here.


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  1. Philip Johnson says:

    very impressive by Manaudou! i see him repeating his 50 free title this summer.

  2. HKSwimmer says:

    The backstroke time especially is impressive for Manaudou. He might really have a shot at clean sweeping

    • Clean sweet is hard.. pretty hard.

      He may have the 50 free.. but beating Cielo/Nicholas on 50 fly and Felipe/Cameron of 50 breast is pretty much impossible.. the 4.. no way at all..

      • DDias says:

        Breaststroke, no way!Cameron made 27.07 in 50 passage in 100 breast at Olympics.He will destroy 50 breast WR.

        In Fly will be hard IF Cielo trains only for 50´s(Fly and Free) and his knees dont give up.He almost dont train FLY, just using the event as a spare one.With proper training, he will probably be close WR, maybe around 22.5 or something like that.
        In 50 free, Florent is looking as good as ever.I will not be surprised with a time like 21.1(or even better).

  3. Romain Barnier, the head coach of CN Marseille, has updated the swimming world on two of his most successful charges, Florent Manaudou and Camille Lacourt. In an interview with Vosges Matin ahead of the Meeting International d’Hiver FFN he reveals that Lacourt took 5 months off after the Olympics and that Manaudou is planning to add a few extra events to his repertoire in Barcelona.

    100 backstroke world champion Lacourt only returned to training on January 5th after spending 5 months away from the sport after a disappointing Olympics. He will be in a race against time to get back to full fitness in time for Barcelona, but has reportedly returned in a different mental state. “With Camille, we advance every day. Five months off is a bit of a novelty. For him, it is a bit like starting a second career.What makes me happy is to have found a Camille Lacourt with his doubts and uncertainties. His desire to be the best, too. There is a little extra something” says Barnier.

    Barnier’s 50 free Olympic champion Florent Manaudou set his sights on qualifying in the 50m sprint for all four strokes, unfortunately he eventually gave up on breaststroke due to doubts that Barnier had that he could challenge for a medal. Barnier is more bullish for the backstroke and butterfly. “Outside the freestyle, his greatest chance is likely the backstroke, even though he is still working on his start. But whether backstroke or butterfly, he has potential in both.”

    In an exhibition event last weekend Manaudou beat Lacourt in a 50 back duel. Given his lights out natural speed the revelation that Manaudou is aiming to add the back and fly to his Barcelona schedule should give sprinters the world over cause for concern.

  4. Nostradamus says:

    I bet his 100m I.M. time would be insanely fast, maybe he could challenge Morozov next SCM championships.

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