On the scale of French swimming, it's a mini-tsunami… Five-time national title holder over 50 m NL, Florent Manaudou had not been beaten on his favorite distance for nine years!
Sunday evening, in Chartres, the 2012 Olympic champion, 30, had yet to leave his national crown to the young wolf Maxime Grousset, 22, already crowned on 100 m NL on Friday.
With a time of 21''74, the Insep sprinter beat his elder by a tenth and validated his ticket to accompany him to Tokyo. “The last time I was beaten was by Amaury Leveaux in Dunkirk in 2012, breathes Manaudou. When you swim fast you can beat me. I'm not unbeatable, far from it… I'm neither happy nor unhappy with my time
(Editor's note: 3 / 10th better than his last outing in Canet-en-Roussillon)
. I didn't necessarily expect much better. The goal is six weeks away. "
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Final 50m freestyle men
🥇Maxime GROUSSET 21.74
🥈Florent MANAUDOU 21.84
🥉Clément MIGNON 22.38
Maxime GROUSSET fulfilled the selection criteria for the Olympic Games over this distance 👏🏼👏🏼
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After a morning session completed in 22''20, the Marseillais lacked sensations. “I didn't feel good, I lacked strength in the water,” he explains. I did very, very short dips, one less wave that disturbs a lot of things, I can't quite hit the wall… Finally, 21'8 like that, it's not so bad. I will take a day or two of recovery and a maximum of good energy to arrive at the Games in better condition and be competitive. "
In the end, the most positive point of his week in Chartres will remain a 100m NL completed in 48''58 to show itself in view of the relay. “The 50m is not yet ready,” he confesses. I ask myself too many questions. Maxime Grousset, him, asks much less. Michel Chrétien's protégé has been on an upward slope for a few weeks. "I've been wanting to beat Flo for a long time," he smiles. It's a bit thanks to him that I made this performance because that's at least what you have to do to finish in front. With the additional qualification, it's the icing on the cake. "
The New Caledonian is not overly surprised to find himself at such a party.
“I leave nothing to chance, I am really focused on each race, I approach things seriously and more and more strongly, he sums up.
All these steps allow me to go up.
My confidence is at the top.
“Manaudou's, on the other hand, still has to take a few steps to hope to succeed in his quest for gold in Tokyo…
At the end of the week of competition, 25 swimmers (15 in individual and 10 in the relay) gleaned their ticket for Asia.
The French delegation will take off for Japan on July 10.
Beginning of the tests on July 24.