France’s Laure Manaudou Breaks Last Remaining East German World Record

By Fred Vergnoux

LA ROCHE SUR YON, France, November 20. FRENCH superstar Laure Manaudou broke a 22 year-old world record today in the 1500 meter freestyle short course during a distance meet in La Roche sur Yon, France.

Clocking 15:42.39, she erased Petra Schneider's mark of 15:43.31. En route, she established a French record at the 800 split with her 8:23.03.

Schneider's record was the oldest in the record book and the last remaining record from the shameful two decade-long era of systematic doping by the East German government.

Manaudou's splits:
100 meters: 1:00.30
200 meters: 2:03.30 (1:03.00)
300 meters: 3:06.50 (1:03.20)
400 meters: 4:09.59 (1:03.09)
500 meters: 5:12.73 (1:03.14)
600 meters: 6:16.02 (1:03.29)
700 meters: 7:19.64 (1:03.62)
800 meters: 8:23.03 (1:03.39)
900 meters: 9:26.20 (1:03.17)
1000 meters: 10:29.85 (1:03.65)
1100 meters: 11:33.02 (1:03.17)
1200 meters: 12:36.11 (1:03.09)
1300 meters: 13:39.19 (1:03.08)
1400 meters: 14:41.82 (1:02.63)
1500 meters: 15:42.39 (1:00.57)

Only three months after winning three medals at the Olympic Games in Athens — one gold, one silver and one bronze — Manaudou who is now undergoing heavy training, has set her sights on additional records in Vienna during the European Short course. In addition to swimming the 200, 400 and 800 free, she probably will race in the medley events as well.

The next meet for Manaudou is the French Interclub Championships in two weeks.

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