Florent Manaudou Extends Early Season Speed To Record 6th Sub-22sec Effort

Florent Manaudou [courtesy: Speedo]

The first day of action at the Nancy round of the Golden Tour in France witnessed a record sixth sub-22sec dash of the season from Olympic champion Florent Manaudou and more stunning progress from Katinka Hosszu, of Hungary, who wiped a fourth second off her 200m backstroke best for a world season No 2 2:06.81 but fell shy of the 2:06.62 Hungarian record that stood as the world record to legendary Krisztina Egerszegi between 1991 and the advent of shiny suits in 2008

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The first day of action at the Nancy round of the Golden Tour in France witnessed a record sixth sub-22sec dash of the season from Olympic champion Florent Manaudou and more stunning progress from Katinka Hosszu, of Hungary, who wiped a fourth second off her 200m backstroke best for a world season No 2 2:06.81 but fell shy of the 2:06.62 Hungarian record that stood as the world record to legendary Krisztina Egerszegi between 1991 and the advent of shiny suits in 2008

Comments

john26

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see Hosszu take silver behind Franklin in both backstroke disciplines in Kazan in 58.5 and 2:05. We saw what she did in short course, and she doesn’t appear to be significantly stronger in SC.

That is- if she can fit it into her schedule of 200im, 400im, 200fly where she is favored to medal as well.

Danjohnrob

@john26: I think Hosszu has a better chance in the 200 free and the backstroke events than in the 200 fly now. It seems like Hungary’s women can only reach the final in the 4×200 free relay, so Hosszu may not have too many relay swims. I wonder how many individual events she’ll try in Kazan and Rio?

Craig Lord

roy, we take you mean for ‘always’ the past two years… there was no indication of anything close to a 2:05 before that. I would be amazed if Katinka clocked 2:05, to be honest. That would represent a spectacular curve. I know the work regime of Elizabeth Beisel, for example… she has a 2:06.1. That’s the kind of career – with 30 sub 2:10s between 2009 and 2014 at its heart – that I would expect to see a 2:05 from. Or Elizabeth Simmonds with 42 efforts between 2:06.79 and 2:10 … again, very hard working. I’d think a low 2:06 from her fantastic and a 2:05 terrific.

Crannman

Predict Hosszu in 2:05.9 this summer

felixdangerpants

So not always

Viva la Bang

Hosszu keeps the headlines pumping. No one competes, consistently, at a higher level than she does. Repeat – no one, ever. Not Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky and certainly not Ryan Lochte, who’s always tended to look like a beaten slow sack of chiseled flesh when he races while immersed in heavy training. But not Hosszu. Her consistency, her ability to recover, and her never-flagging form continues without breakdown, regardless of when or where the race is going down.

felixdangerpants

I think she will, easy to say what she should & shouldn’t focus on but it’s working for her at the moment. I think she will be unbeatable in the 200im she is so bloody good at every event. The 400 as she’s shown she is vulnerable when she goes out to fast & can’t finish on the free. I would be surprised if she doesn’t win that in Rio though & 200bk for me her next best shot at a medal. I don’t think she’s a chance in 200fly or 200fs.

DDias

Judging his first 25meters at SC Worlds, i will not be surprised if Manaudou blasts a 21.1 at Worlds.The edge will be too big for anyone to overcome.

Craig Lord

roy: 400IM is day 1 at the Olympics – all will be fresh

Bad Anon

I think Hosszu can win 5individual Olympic medals 200/400medley, 100/200back and 200fly. she can manage big schedules and consistently swims fast prelims… She can definitely manage a big schedule which in my opinion will hurt the quality of medals she wins rather than the number. she probably thrives on big schedules just like Franklin, cutting down events may be “detrimental”. Kazan will give us a clue to her rio schedule obviously

Bad Anon

From a historical perspective, big schedules hurt swimmers like Katie Hoff, but Hosszu is a class apart, going 2.08.66 200IM, 59.47- 100back and 2.06.8 200IM all untapered efforts! we can only expect jaw dropping efforts this summer!

Craig Lord

Very different programs, worlds and olympics Bad Anon. Very different season, too …

DDias

Manaudou now have 25 textile sub22, Cielo, at least 31(total of 50 sub22 for Cielo and 25 for Florent).

Craig Lord

Cielo, 34, DDias

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