Florent Manaudou
Manaudou in 2012
Personal information
Nationality  France
Born (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990
Villeurbanne, France
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 99 kg (218 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke
Club CN Marseille

Florent Manaudou (born 12 November 1990) is a French competitive swimmer and Olympic champion of the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics in London. He currently holds the world record in the 50-meter freestyle and backstroke (short course). Manaudou is the son of a French father and a Dutch mother and the younger brother of Laure Manaudou, also an Olympic gold medalist.

Personal life

He first began swimming under the direction of his older brother, Nicholas Manaudou, and later joined the swimming club of Marseilles, France. In 2007 he was the Junior Champion of France of the 50-meter freestyle event. In 2009, he joined the French Army and is currently in an artillery regiment.

He and his sister Laure are the first siblings to both win Olympic gold medals in swimming. In addition to swimming, he is known for his dimples, his pierced tongue, and tribal tattoo.

Manaudou was awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Légion d'Honneur for his "eminent merits" in swimming for his performance in 2012.[1]

Swimming career

In his only individual event at 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, the 50-meter butterfly, Manaudou placed fifth in the final with a time of 23.49.[2] It was slightly slower than the times he posted in the heats (23.31) and semifinals (23.32).[3][4] Manaudou also competed in the heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay and as the butterfly leg, had a split of 54.02. The French team did not advance to the final with an overall time of 3:36.21.[5]

At the French Olympic Trials, Manaudou qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in London by finishing second behind Amaury Leveaux in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.95. Despite entering the Olympics with only the 10th fastest time in the men's 50-meter freestyle in the world that year, Manaudou won the gold medal in that event (which was the only event he entered). He thus became the first French gold-medalist of the men's 50-meter freestyle and the sixth French Olympic champion in an individual event.[6] Swimming out in lane 7 in the final, Manaudou had a time of 21.34 and finished ahead of Cullen Jones and favorite César Cielo, the defending champion and world record holder. Manaudou's time was slightly slower than the Olympic record of 21.30 set by Cielo in 2008, but was an unofficial fastest time swam in textile (that is, not wearing a high-tech suit). Going into the final, Manaudou recorded a time of 22.09 in the heats and 21.80 in the semifinals.[7][8]

Following the Olympics, Manaudou competed at the 2012 European Short Course Championships and the 2012 World Short Course Championships held at the end of 2012. At the European Championships in Chartres, Manaudou won five gold medals including an individual title in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 20.70.[9] At the World Championships in Istanbul, Manaudou won one silver and bronze medal. In his specialty event, the 50-meter freestyle, Manaudou placed second behind Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov (who he beat in Chartres) by three tenths of a second (0.33) with a time of 20.88.[10]

Personal bests

As of 6 December 2014
Long course
Event Time Meet
50 m freestyle 21.32 2014 European Championships
100 m freestyle 47.98 2014 European Championships
50 m butterfly 23.00 2014 European Championships
Short course
Event Time Meet
50 m freestyle 20.26 WR 2014 SC World Championships
100 m freestyle 45.04 2013 French SC Championships
50 m backstroke 22.22 WR 2014 SC World Championships

References

  1. ^ French Official Journal, from Legifrance.gouv.fr; retrieved 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ 2011 World Aquatics Championships: Men's 50 m butterfly results (final), from OmegaTiming.com; retrieved 2012-08-28.
  3. ^ 2011 World Aquatics Championships: Men's 50 m butterfly results (heats), from OmegaTiming.com; retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ 2011 World Aquatics Championships: Men's 50 m butterfly results (semifinals), from OmegaTiming.com; retrieved 2012-08-28.
  5. ^ 2011 World Aquatics Championships: Men's 4×100 m medley relay results (heats), from OmegaTiming.com; retrieved 2012-08-28.
  6. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Men's 50 metres Freestyle Final". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Men's 50 metres Freestyle Round One". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Men's 50 metres Freestyle Semi-Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  9. ^ "2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships – Men's 50 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  10. ^ "2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) – Men's 50 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

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