Laure Manaudou Tops France Cup in Montpellier

MONTPELLIER, France, November 25. LAURE Manaudou continued on her path towards the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a strong showing at the France Cup held in Montpellier this weekend. The French superstar took home four titles, including a backstroke sweep, during the three-day long course meter affair.

On top of a win in the 400 free (4:09.18), she touched first in the 50 (29.12), 100 (1:02.09) and 200 (2:14.39) backstroke events.

Meanwhile, Malia Metella and Nicolas Rostoucher accomplished title triples with a trio of wins apiece. Metalla stopped the clock first in the 50 (27.14) and 100 (1:00.76) fly, while also winning the 100 free (55.69) for the women, while Rostoucher topped the 400 (3:50.66) and 800 (7:57:03) free as well as the 400 IM (4:21.86).

Several other swimmers captured a pair of crowns. For the women, Camelia Potec showed some range with a win in the 200 (1:59.91) and 1500 (16:27.99) free, while Anne Sophie Le Paranthoen won the 50 (32.33) and 100 (1:09.78) breast. Additionally, Camille Muffat claimed the 200 (2:16.48) and 400 (4:46.26) IM.

On the men's side, Clement Lefert, Christophe Lebon, Benjamin Stasiulis, Fabien Gilot and interloper James Gibson from Great Britain won multiple titles.

Lefert hit the wall first in the 50 fly (24.81) and 200 IM (2:05.00), while Lebon won the 100 (53.89) and 200 (2:01.29) fly. Stasiulis took home the 100 (56.66) and 200 (2:01.04) back, while Gilot claimed the 100 (48.51) and 200 (1:48.23) free. Gibson, the only successful international swimmer at the meet, nabbed the 50 (28.38) and 100 (1:02.01) breast events.

Meanwhile, Anthony Pannier (1500 free – 15:32.85), Alain Bernard (50 free – 22.20), Simon Dufour (50 back – 26.77) and Julien Nicolardot (200 breast – 2:18.03) placed first in individual events for the men, while Coralie Balmy (800 free – 8:35.48), Celine Couderc (50 free – 25.91), Magali Rousseau (200 fly – 2:15.33) and Coralie Dobral (200 breast – 2:30.97) did the same for the women.

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