It's the last straight line before Tokyo.
This Sunday, in Chartres (Eure-et-Loir), Florent Manaudou will participate in his final 50m in competition before the Japanese Olympic meeting (the series on July 30 and the final on August 1).
An outing that is not trivial for the 2012 Olympic champion, already qualified on his favorite distance, but lacking in confidence for a few weeks.
“He needs this competition to show that, when he's doing well, time responds, blows his trainer, Julien Jacquier.
In France, adversity is one or two tenths away, it doesn't need a context.
He will really be keen to set the best time, but for him.
He loves the Games.
The Games love him.
Champion in London 2012 and vice-champion in Rio 2016, @FlorentManaudou is currently participating in the French Swimming Championships and preparing # Tokyo2020!
What medal this summer?
😉 👉 https://t.co/jXb9mjrIxZ@FFNatation pic.twitter.com/DtDH3vimDT
- # Tokyo2020 in French (@ Tokyo2020fr) June 19, 2021
Manaudou hoped to see the times go down gradually between the European Championships in Budapest (5th place, 21′'81), the meetings in Monaco (22′'03), at the end of May, and Canet-en-Roussillon (22′'12 ) (early June). Instead, the 30-year-old CN Marseille sprinter found himself immersed in an ocean of bewilderment.
“In terms of muscular freshness and explosiveness, everything is only going up, tempers the coach.
We talked a lot.
What he experienced before, he had to relive it differently today.
He had to express himself on the fact that he did not understand, that he was frustrated, not happy not to swim fast.
This period was a bit long, but by gradually slackening off to prepare for the Games, the body feels better, suddenly the head too.
He digests the disappointment of every competition, whereas for me his level of performance was not at all a problem.
"If I swim fast on Sunday, everything will be forgotten ..."
The person confesses it. The Manaudou version 2.0, back in the water in the spring of 2019 after a passage through the handball box, is often determined a little too much compared to the original. "Sometimes it would be good if I forgot," he smiles. Of course, I compare myself to what I did, because it's a time sport and it's easy to do. This may not be the right solution. Since Canet
(Editor's note: early June)
, I try to do something else, to think a little less about time and to take more pleasure. The fun starts here, five or six weeks before the event. "
With a "does time make happiness?" "- the Rio Games having taught him that the money of the medal does not do it ... - or" is the best the enemy of the good? ", The Marseille swimmer would have had his place in the philosophy baccalaureate ..." I spend too much my happiness with my time and it is not ideal, he admits. If I swim well tomorrow, I will have no more problems in my life. If I swim extremely badly, I will feel like I am horrible, and I will be horrible to everyone around me. I am a competitor, I want to swim faster and, during preparation, it's complicated. I got slapped inside. If I swim fast on Sunday, everything will be forgotten… ”
3️⃣ Marseillais are doing the 4x100m freestyle relay for the #Olympic Games of #Tokyo: Florent MANAUDOU - Clément MIGNON - Mehdy METELLA
Our congratulations to our young swimmer, Julien BEROL who misses the qualification for barely 1/100.
# Paris2024 holds out its arms to him💪 pic.twitter.com/hqRAFEUnZo
- CN Marseille (@CNMarseille) June 18, 2021
On Friday, Manaudou, Olympic vice-champion in the 4x100m relay in Rio, offered himself a little tour over the queen distance as a preamble to show that he would be present for the collective. “It was a beautiful 100 m
(Editor's note: in 48′'58),
in the sense that it is not worked in terms of volume, observes Jacquier. On the other hand, the freshness and the way of doing things prove that he is in good shape and that, within a few weeks, he will be able to bring a little energy and hundredths which will do good in the relay. "