After being crowned Olympic champion in London in 2012, the Frenchman won his second consecutive silver medal in the 50m freestyle on Sunday.

The feat mirrors his record at the Olympics: colossal. By winning the silver medal in the 50m freestyle on Sunday August 1, Florent Manaudou has indeed entered the swimming legend. At the top of Olympus in London in 2012, and already vice-Olympic champion in 2016 in Rio, the Frenchman has therefore entered his name on the distance list for the third time in a row, thus becoming the second swimmer in history. to demonstrate such consistency in the 50 freestyle.

20 seconds is almost nothing. Finally, for Florent Manaudou, these 21 seconds and 55 hundredths say a lot this Sunday. When he was suffering from bounds during training in the swimming pool of Ambérieu-en-Bugey (Ain), when he was not 15 years old, he could not imagine how much this score, around the 20 seconds, would also be important to repeat over and over again. He himself, after his new silver medal in the shortest distance of the competition – and necessarily the most indecisive on paper -, more or less realized his extraordinary performance: “I am proud to become the second swimmer to win three medals in the 50-meter. “

Besides, this man is not the legendary Russian, and immense reference of the sprint, Aleksandr Popov, Olympic champion of the event in 1992 and 1996. Nor the Americans, and no less recognized Matt Biondi (gold in 1988 and silver in 1992) and Tom Jager (silver in 1988 and bronze in 1992). Only their compatriot Gary Hall Junior, between 1992 and 2000, had therefore achieved such a performance, demonstrating how such consistency, in such an intense and demanding discipline, is quite simply exceptional.

Above all, Florent Manaudou pushed the feat even further because the swimmer from CN Marseille has come a long way, two years after his return to the pools and three years of complete hiatus to devote himself to handball. A return that was motivated by a single mission: to win this third Olympic medal.

The objective fulfilled, nothing seems to stop the one who will celebrate his 31 years next November: “I want to do the Olympic Games in my country and we will see for the medal”. An announcement that places Paris 2024 as its ultimate challenge. It is also a way for Florent Manaudou to become the greatest specialist in the 50-meter freestyle.


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