Florent Manaudou Splashes To Top Of Semi-Finals In 50 Free

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Men’s 50 Free Semi-Finals:

Quick off the start in heat one of the men’s 50 free semi-finals was France’s Florent Manaudou. Manaudou, the reigning Olympic champion in this event, posted a 21.32 to not only claim the top seed going into tomorrow’s final, but also the top time in the world for 2016.

Tonight’s top seed Andrii Govorov of Ukraine and Anthony Ervin of the USA delivered matching times in heat two of the semi-finals, stopping the clock at 21.46 to tie for the second place seed.

Fellow American Nathan Adrian turned in a close 21.47 from heat one to return as the fourth place seed.

Great Britain’s Ben Proud picked up fifth with a 21.54, while hometown favorite Bruno Fratus of Brazil tied for sixth with Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis. The two posted final times of 21.71 to earn their way into the final.

South Africa’s Bradley Tandy rounds out the top eight qualifiers with a 21.80.

Full results from tonight available here.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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