Florent Manaudou Leads French Record Run at French Short Course Championships

Aug 3, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Florent Manaudou (FRA) celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 50m freestyle final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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MONTPELLIER – Florent Manaudou led a run on the French record books at the French Short Course Championships this week in Montpellier.

Manaudou, after winning the 50-meter free on night one, clipped the French record in the men’s 50-meter back with a world-leading 22.98.  That effort eclipsed the 22.99 set by Jeremy Stravius at the Doha stop of the 2013 FINA World Cup. Camille Lacourt took second in 23.19 for third in the world, while Jordan Coelho finished third in 24.35.

Manaudou set his second French record of the meet with a 26.11 in the men’s 50-meter breast.  That effort cleared his previous record of 26.29 set at the 2012 European Championships, and moved him to third in the world behind Felipe Silva (25.71) and Roland Schoeman (25.86). Giacomo Perez Dortona took second in 26.56 for 10th in the world, while Eddie Moueddene wound up third in 27.10.

Manaudou crashed his third French record in Montpellier with a sizzling 22.09 in the men’s 50-meter fly.  That swim moved him to second in the world behind Chad le Clos (21.98), and beat Manaudou’s previous mark of 22.11 from the 2013 French Championships.  Mehdy Metella (22.63) and Jordan Coelho (23.54) rounded out the top three.

Manaudou closed down the night with a 20.51 leadoff for Marseille’s winning 200 free relay of 1:24.47.  That’s the top time in the world this year in the 50 free, bettering the 20.68 from Cesar Cielo at the Jose Finkel Trophy meet, and also matched Cielo’s textile best in the event.

Melanie Henique downed the French record in the women’s 50-meter fly with a 25.33. That time cleared the 25.37 set by Diane Bui Duyet during the semifinals of the 2009 European Championships in Turkey. Henique moved up to fifth in the world rankings with the swim.  Marie Wattell (26.26) and Anna Santamans (26.45) took second and third.

Hungarian Evelyn Verraszto topped the women’s 100-meter IM in 59.29, while Charlotte Bonnet took second in a French record 59.97. Bonnet clipped the previous mark of 59.98 set by Sophie de Ronchi at the 2008 European Championships in Croatia.  Mathilde Cini wound up third in 1:01.77.

Verraszto also won the women’s 200-meter free in 1:55.52 with Charlotte Bonnet touching just behind in 1:55.54.  Cloe Hache made it a close top three with a 1:55.88.

Anna Santamans took down a French record in the women’s 50-meter free with a 24.24. That swim lowered her time of 24.35 from the 2012 European Championships. Melanie Henique took second in 24.53 with Charlotte Bonnet earning third in 24.93.

The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal, Swimming World’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year, won the women’s 800-meter free in 8:17.44, while Lara Grangeon took second in 8:25.73.  Coralie Codevelle earned third in 8:29.16.  Van Rouwendaal moved up to seventh in the world with the swim.

Van Rouwendaal doubled up in the women’s 1500-meter free with a 15:48.67 to shoot to the top of the world rankings.  Lara Grangeon also finished second in 16:07.68 for fifth in the world, while Coralie Codevelle earned third in 16:12.26 for seventh in the rankings.

Van Rouwendaal kept on winning with a 4:01.36 in the women’s 400-meter free.  That swim pushed her to sixth in the world rankings.  Charlotte Bonnet (4:05.82) and Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne (4:06.80) finished second and third.

Van Rouwendaal continued to be a force with a fourth victory in the women’s 400-meter IM.  She clocked a 4:33.15 for the win to move to 10th in the world, while Lara Grangeon placed second in 4:33.91.  Fantine Lesaffre finished third in 4:38.64.

Anthony Pannier raced to a 7:39.51 to win the men’s 800-meter free, taking third in world rankings behind Florian Vogel (7:35.76) and Clemens Rapp (7:37.06). Joris Bouchat took second in 7:43.35 with Benoit Debast taking third in 7:50.70.

Pannier won again, this time with a 14:39.31 in the men’s 1500-meter free for eighth in the world.  Joris Bouchat took second in 14:43.55 with Nicolas D’Oriano placing third in 14:54.82.

Fanny Lecluyse raced to ninth in the world in the women’s 200-meter breast as the Belgian posted a 2:21.07 for the win.  Fanny Deberghes took second in 2:24.77 with Lara Grangeon taking third in 2:25.58.

Lecluyse took home a second title with a 1:06.26 in the women’s 100-meter breast, while Charlotte Bonnet placed second in 1:07.22. Adeline Williams wound up third in 1:07.26.

Mathilde Cini claimed the women’s 50-meter back in 27.09 with Fanny Danet finishing second in 28.36.  Vochimie Koindredi took third in 28.51.

Cini also won the women’s 200-meter back in 2:08.02.  Lara Grangeon (2:10.28) and Pauline Mahieu (2:11.82) completed the podium.

Clement Mignon jumped to third in the world with a 1:42.09 in the men’s 200-meter free. Only Danila Izotov (1:41.48) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:41.92) have been faster this year.  Jordan Pothain (1:45.83) and Joris Bouchaut (1:46.10) took second and third.

Mehdy Metella won the men’s 100-meter free in 46.69 for seventh in the world, while Clement Mignon (46.76) and Yannick Agnel (47.60) closed out the top three.

Theo Fuchs touched out Jeremy Desplanches, 4:11.06 to 4:11.07, in the men’s 400-meter IM, while Ganesh Pedurand rounded out the top three in 4:13.55.

Eddie Moueddene topped the men’s 100-meter IM in 53.57 with Yannick Agnel finishing second in 54.10.  Andrea Bolognesi claimed third in 54.17.

Marie Wattel snatched the women’s 100-meter fly title in 57.80 with Melanie Henique taking second in 58.10.  Evelyn Verraszto touched third in 58.21.

Jordan Coelho topped the men’s 200-meter fly in 1:53.80 with Thomas Vilaceca finishing second in 1:55.98.  Marvin Maisonneuve claimed third in 1:56.26.

Camille Lacourt won the men’s 100-meter back in 51.48 with Paul Pijulet (52.86) and Thomas Avetand (52.99) taking second and third.

Belgium’s Jonas Coreelman won the men’s 200-meter breast in 2:07.09 with Jean Dencausse taking a close second in 2:07.12.  Quentin Callais finished third in 2:09.89.

Results: French Short Course Championships

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8 years ago

link to results broken. C’est domage. 🙁

8 years ago

Manadou did 20,51 in the 4×50 free, equalling Cielo´s all time best in textile