Florent Manaudou Clocks His Fastest-Ever Morning Time in 100 Free (48.12) at Rennes


By Anne Lepesant on SwimSwam

2023 French Elite Championships

32-year-old Florent Manaudou threw down the fifth-fastest time of his career on Tuesday, going 48.12 in prelims of the 100 free in Rennes. Entered with “no time” he swam in heat 1, in an outside lane, with only the clock to drive him.

Manaudou moves to #15 in the world so far this season, the highest-ranked Frenchman. Maxime Grousset is 26th with his 48.50 from the Giant Open final in March.

“I am very happy,” Manaudou said after the race. “It’s my record morning time, and my record as a blond.”

Manaudou was out in 23.08 and home in 25.04 for the fifth-fastest 100 free in his career, and the fastest since 2016. “I was pleasantly surprised. I would have liked to swim 48.8 or 48.9; that would have been great. I don’t often have surprises like that anymore.”

Manaudou will sit out the final, but his performance qualifies him for the 4×100 free relay in Fukuoka. His goal in prelims was simply to “swim fast and swim well,” two objectives that he met in his race. When asked why he’s only swimming in prelims, he responded, “because it’s just one race in the day. It was already hard when I was young to swim 200 meters in a day. Now, with my age, my body type, and the training I do… It takes talent; I can do it because I’ve done a lot [of 100 frees] in my career and I know how to swim it. I think I’m one of the best because I know how not to crack at the end. And in fact, I did it perfectly this morning, with the energy that I have. Tonight, if I were to swim, I would certainly be slower.”

But the most important reason is that recovering from the 100 free is “exponentially” more difficult for him, and with the 50 free only 48 hours from now, Manaudou is giving himself time to prepare properly for his biggest race of the week.

Manaudou said he was looking forward to swimming on the 4×100 free relay at World Championships, now that he has proved to himself that he has the level. “If I had gone 49.5 I wouldn’t be interested. The thing about relays is that you need very high-level swimmers. And with several of us going 48.5 or faster, it forces the others to be at the same level.”

Manaudou’s top-10 lifetime performances:

100 Free Date
47.98 12/19/2015
47.98 8/22/2014
48.00 3/6/2016
48.10 4/1/2016
48.12 6/13/2023
48.41 6/15/2013
48.51 2/7/2016
48.55 6/15/2013
48.58 6/18/2021
48.61 8/21/2014

2022-2023 LCM Men 100 Free


2 David
ROU 47.61 04/08
3 Kyle
AUS 47.69 05/13
4 Matthew
GBR 47.72 04/06
5 Hwang
KOR 47.78 10/12
6 Guilherme
Caribe Santos
BRA 47.82 12/09
7 Katsuhiro
JPN 47.85 04/06
8 Josh
CAN 47.86 03/31
8 Marcelo
BRA 47.86 06/01
10 Wang
CHN 47.89 03/19
11 Vladislav
RUS 47.97 04/21
12 Diogo
POR 47.98 03/31
13 Lewis
GBR 47.99 04/06
14 Duncan
GBR 48.00 04/06
15 Wang
CHN 48.15 05/01

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