Florent Manaudou Throws Down 45.04 Gauntlet To Morozov

France's Florent Manaudou (right) and Fabien Gilot of France celebrate relay gold in Barcelona [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

Olympic champion Florent Manaudou threw down a hefty gauntlet to Russian Vladimir Morozov with a 45.04 blast for gold in the 100m freestyle at French short-course nationals in Dijon this evening. The time, a world textile best, fell just 0.1sec shy of the shiny suit world record that has stood to flow Frenchman Amaury Leveaux since 2009

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Olympic champion Florent Manaudou threw down a hefty gauntlet to Russian Vladimir Morozov with a 45.04 blast for gold in the 100m freestyle at French short-course nationals in Dijon this evening. The time, a world textile best, fell just 0.1sec shy of the shiny suit world record that has stood to flow Frenchman Amaury Leveaux since 2009

Comments

John26

Oh my goodness, is that is even possible?

It looks like Manaudou is set to drop another second in his LC personal best

McGillrocks

Ridiculous. World class athletes are not supposed to drop over a second in their 100 free. Manadou will 100% be a force to be reckoned with at s/c Europeans and will be a boss in long course Euros too. Gold in the 50 and silver in the 100 anyone? Cielo better watch out for 2015 if he wants a 4th straight worlds crown.

Observer of dodginess

Ridiculous is one word for it.

If a world-beating track athlete lopped 1.6 seconds of a 46-second PB, it would be seen as beyond suspicious.

1.6 sec on a 46.6 sec time is 3.4%. This is like Usain Bolt running a 9.25 second 100m or an 18.5 200m. Ludicrous.

Swimming (French swimming in particular) has seen so many of these statistical absurdities, never explained by changes in training or other practices. Couple that with plenty of swimmers getting off the hook for plain doping infractions (e.g. Cesar Cielo and how many other Brazilians?) and it gets hard to take the performances seriously anymore.

Craig Lord

Josh, of course they are not – but China does indeed stand out in the realms of cheating in swimming history, no question – and the form it has taken is the choiceless (athlete) and often knowledgless GDR-model in which very young athletes have been abused.

French Supporter

To all suspicious observers,
Do not forget that Manaudou was swimming backstroke younger. He moved to butterfly later and enter the 50 fly final in Shanghai. He focused on 50 free to go to London and swam his first 100 free only this summer.
6 months after his first 100 free in Rome, his room for improvement is still huge and I don’t have to remind you that he has Manaudou’s genes…

belgium_kangoo

ridiculous indeed ! but innocent till proven guilty !

anyway, I wonder what is the secret behind the french sprinters ??? cause that’s the only area where many dominates !! agnel and muffat are the oddities in being great and not sprinters.

but yeah as much as i want to believe it, it is a HUGE drop, even more huge than magnussen in shanghai. and the fact he swam backstroke and only switched to free recently is a bullshit explanation =D it’s like saying phelps swam nearly no breatstroke in his career but was good at medley so if he had entered he would have swum close to WR times in breastroke … no connections whatsoever. Manaudou swam an incredible time and it’s bound to be suspicious, even though like I said i really would like him to be completely clean and innocent till proven guilty … in these trouble times of world doping it’s hard to believe anything especially such drops !!

Mike

Well, say what you will, but the statistical percent drop in time LOOKS suspicious. It MAY be hard training and good coaching — or it might be something else. Cf. above — where various countries treat cheating offenses differently.

One more reason for a universal ‘blood passport’ and much tougher regulations from WADA and FINA.

Jjkkkkinkhhh

Does anyone else find this suspicious , a second drop at his age is ridicules, did he pass doping tests?

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