Florent Manaudou Re-Claims 50 Free Title in Finals at 2015 FINA World Championships

Florent Manaudou Doha 2014
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After losing the top seed to Nathan Adrian of the USA yesterday in the semi-finals France’s Florent Manaudou successfully re-claimed the top spot and the gold medal in the 50-meter free. Manaudou finished with a time of 21.19 to move him to the top of the world rankings for 2015. This is an improvement on his time of 21.41 from earlier in the meet.

Adrian’s 21.52 comes as a slight disappointment after watching the American set a new American record in the event during semi-finals with a time of 21.37. Adrian will slip to second in the world rankings and will take home the silver medal.

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus was close behind Adrian touching with a quick 21.55, improving upon his time of 21.60 from earlier in the meet.

Russia Vladimir Morozov moved up in the rankings finishing fourth overall with a time of 21.56. This is an improvement from semi-finals where he had to swim off with USA’s Anthony Ervin for the top spot in finals.

Andrii Govorov of the Ukraine turned in a time of 21.86 to finish fifth in the event and to tie with Italy’s Marco Orsi who turned in a matching time. Govorov’s time moves him up from twelfth in the world rankings with his previous time of 21.93, to a three-way tie for sixth with Orsi and the USA’s Josh Schneider.

Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev took seventh in the event with a time of 21.98, while Benjamin Proud of Great Britain was eighth with a 22.04.