Laure Manaudou Injured in Motorcycle Accident

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MARSEILLE, France, September 8. FORMER Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year Laure Manaudou was “slightly injured” in a motorcycle accident yesterday in Marseille according to various French media outlets including Le Parisien.

Manaudou slightly injured her ankle as the former world champion and Olympic gold medalist was hit by a vehicle at 10:30 a.m. while leaving a parking lot.  She went to the emergency room, but later Tweeted that it was nothing serious and that she’s doing just fine.

Manaudou has one of the most storied resumes of any French swimmer.  She won Olympic gold in the 400 free at Athens as part of a three-medal haul, and also won three world titles from 2005-07.  Her European Championship dominance is among the best ever with nine total gold medals in long course European championship competition beginning in 2004 and ending in 2008.

She retired in 2009 before making a a comeback in 2011 to make the 2012 London Olympics.  She was on deck to watch her younger brother Florent win the men’s 50-meter freestyle event that summer.

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