MILAN, Italy, July 3. A handful of quality performances were recorded over the past few days at the Milan Cup in Italy, including a pair of victories by France's Laure Manaudou. Racing in her new training land, Manaudou picked up triumphs in the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle, just days after competing at the French Nationals.
Manaudou posted a mark of 2:15.20 to take top honors in the 200 I.M., placing ahead of the 2:15.36 of Italy's Alessia Filippi. Manadou then went head-to-head with Germany's Annika Lurz in the 200 freestyle, getting the best of her foe with a swim of 1:58.20. Lurz, the silver medalist to Manaudou at the World Champs, was timed in 1:59.26.
In other action, Italy's Filippo Magnini turned in a top time in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 49.01, ahead of the 49.21 of Sweden's Stefan Nystrand. American Jason Lezak (49.28) and Brazil's Cesar Cielo (49.35) followed, but Cielo managed to win the 50 free over Nystrand. The Auburn University standout checked in at 22.49 with Nystrand touching in 22.69.
The 50 breaststroke events went to Great Britain's Kate Haywood (32.02) and Italy's Alessandro Terrin (28.31), who was able to fend off Britain's James Gibson (28.41). Hungary's Laszlo Cseh went 4:15.95 to take the 400 individual medley and Russia's Roman Sloudnov went 1:02.14 in the 100 breaststroke. Sloudnov just celebrated the six-year anniversary of becoming the first man in history to crack the one-minute barrier in the 100 breast.