Florent Manaudou Stuns Crowd With Blazing 50 Free World Record at Worlds – Video

DOHA – France’s Florent Manaudou demonstrated some stunning speed with a world record in the men’s 50 free finale at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Watch Race Video

Manaudou charged his way to victory in 20.26, clearing Roland Schoeman’s global standard of 20.30 set in Pietermaritzburg in 2009.

Incidentally, Manaudou also downed Cesar Cielo’s meet record of 20.51 from Dubai in 2010. It also lowered Amaury Leveaux’s European and French record of 20.48 from the 2008 European Championships.

Manaudou is just the second man from France to win a short course individual title as Franck Esposito is the only previous winner with the 200 fly victory in 1993.

Italy’s Marco Orsi finished a distant second in 20.69, while Cielo touched out Russia’s Vlad Morozov for bronze, 20.88 to 20.89.

USA’s Josh Schneider also cleared 21 seconds with a fifth-place time of 20.97.

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (21.15), Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov (21.21) and France’s Clement Mignon (21.35) also took part in the historic finale.

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  • Women’s 200 medley relay finals
  • Men’s 50 back semis
  • Women’s 100 free finals
  • Men’s 50 fly semis
  • Women’s 200 back finals
  • Men’s 200 breast finals
  • Women’s 50 fly finals
  • Men’s 400 free finals
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Women’s 100 IM finals
  • Men’s 50 free finals
  • Women’s 400 free finals
  • Men’s 200 IM finals
  • Women’s 400 free relay finals

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