Florent Manaudou 21.61 Keeps Cesar Cielo At Arm’s Length As World-Title Tilt Looms

Florent Manaudou - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Florent Manaudou came close to his season best and world-ranks topper 21.57 with a gauntlet-throwing 21.61 50m freestyle win over Cesar Cielo, the Brazilian heading to the defence of the world title next month, as the French Open came to a close in Vichy

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Florent Manaudou came close to his season best and world-ranks topper 21.57 with a gauntlet-throwing 21.61 50m freestyle win over Cesar Cielo, the Brazilian heading to the defence of the world title next month, as the French Open came to a close in Vichy

Comments

Fabio

54″37 is also the personal best in textile for Federica. Better than the 54″40 she swam in…2004!

Anan

Manaudou was 48’77 yesterday in series on 100 free. With Agnel out I guess he gets one shot at the 400 free relay for Gaul.

Craig Lord

Anan, he was already in the relay courtesy of his 2014 efforts as european solo champion as well as his relay contributions

Craig Lord

Indeed Fabio – though someone less effective than a 1:55 come the hour 🙂

Josh

Pretty awesome that Arkady is going to be in position to win medals again at the Olympics eight years after last ascending to the dais. He’s got the perfect storm of things going his way now; a country to represent, professional sponsorships with TYR and New York Athletic Club, and arguably the best backstroke coach in the world in Gregg Troy to guide him. He also looks fitter than ever right now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him challenge the times that win in Kazan when he tapers for US Nationals in a month.

Bill Bell

Bouchaut dropped eight seconds in less than a month from his old pr of 15:17-plus @ Sette Colli.

Must be the waters in Vichy.

At this rate he should be in 14 low range by Rio.

Sun who?

Had Manadou been a couple of hundredths faster wouldn’t t that have adeded to his record of most sub 21.60s

Bill Bell

I meant most sub 21.60s in textile as the proprietor of this site is so fond of differentiating (from the ” shiny suits.”)

Are Cielo and Fratus and even NAthan Adrian sandbagging or is Manadou just a cut above?

We shall soon see.

And by the same token will Father Time finally catch up w/ The Iron Lady @ Kazan after nearly two years of non- stop competition. Nothing wrong w/wanting to make a buck but even the U.S. College season pales in comparison to all the meets Hosszu has competed I’m since Barrcelona ’13.

Be interesting to see her American Express bill.

Rafael

Fratus is under heavy training and did not have to swim seriously this year. Cielo is becoming a one meet a year guy. Age and knee surgeries take their tool. He said Rio will probably be his last individual og. After that probably only relay duties.

DDias

Bill Bell,
Cielo is getting old.Although Manaudou time is great, Cielo is a bit disappointing.
Look at Cielo times in previous French Open:
2010-21.55
2011-21.66
2013-21.78(Manaudou won in 21.64)
2014-22.16(Manaudou won in 21.71)

Cielo is really off here.His time in 50 fly showed he is not well…he is very consistent, when he does a final time(23.44) slower than a prelim one(23.42), you know something is off.Of course, for the good show in Kazan, let’s hope his new coach is killing him in the training, and once tapered he will ace in the pool.

Craig Lord

Bill, Bouchaut’s best is 15:08.65 from French nationals last year … and he turns 20 this year.

Bill Bell

I misspoke ( miswrote?) re Bouchaut.

His mile pr is actually 15:06-plus from French Trials in April.

As for Cielo just hope he!s competitive next month. He still training w/Scott Goodyear?

Craig Lord

Bill, he clocked 15:17 at trials in April… it was Damien Joly who went 15:05.8

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