Race Footage: Florent Manaudou Takes Down 50 Backstroke World Record

Tony Carroll
by Tony Carroll 5

December 06th, 2014 News, Video

Race Video is courtesy of Universal Sports Network, a SwimSwam partner.

As reported by SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson:


  • 2012 World Champ: 23.04 – Robert Hurley – Australia 
  • 2010 World Champ: 22.93 – Stanislav Donets – Russia
  • Meet Record: 22.93 – Stanislav Donets – Russia – 2010
  • World Record: 22.61 – Peter Marshall – United States

Another 50-meter world record for Florent Manaudou. The French bulldozer absolutely crushed the 50 back field, going 22.22 to erase yet another super-suited world record from 2009. Manaudou was about four tenths under the world record, a huge margin in a 50, and he took gold by over eight tenths.

American Eugene Godsoe just beat out meet record-holder Stanislav Donets of Russia, 23.05 to 23.10. They took home silver and bronze, respectively, with a whole wave of athletes behind them. Albert Subirats of Egypt (23.16) and 100 back gold medalist Mitch Larkin of Australia (23.18) were the closest, and American Matt Grevers took 6th in 23.32.

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5 years ago

Has anyone ever simultaneously held a 50 backstroke WR and 50 freestyle WR at the same time (I’d allow any mix of long course and short course)? Wow.

5 years ago

That has to be the swim of the meet so far for me. He crushed a supersuited record in a stroke he doesn’t even swim LC by 4 tenths of a second. He made mincemeat of backstroke specialists who have won World, European, and Olympic championships. .8 margin in a 50 meter race. Has that ever been done before? Incredible.

5 years ago

Did he really shake his head after that?

Reply to  john26
5 years ago

Seriously. For all the superlatives we can talk about this swim… he looked like his reaction was “What? No 21.9? Pffft.”

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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