Florent Manaudou

Florent Manaudou

French swimmer
Date of Birth: 12.11.1990
Country: France

  1. Biography of Florent Manaudou
  2. Early Life and Training
  3. Professional Career

Biography of Florent Manaudou

Florent Manaudou is a French swimmer, born on November 12, 1990. He is an Olympic champion, winning the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle event at the 2012 Olympic Games. He is also a 7-time world champion and a 9-time European champion in various swimming disciplines. Florent is the younger brother of Olympic champion swimmer Laure Manaudou. He holds world records in the 50-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke.

Florent Manaudou

Early Life and Training

Florent Manaudou began his swimming career under the guidance of his older brother Nicolas. He later joined a swimming club in Marseille for further training. In 2007, he won the French Youth Championship in the 50-meter freestyle event. However, in 2009, Florent was called up for military service, and he currently serves as an active artilleryman in the French armed forces.

Professional Career

In 2011, Florent participated in the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. He competed in the 50-meter butterfly event, where he finished fifth in the final with a time of 23.49 seconds. This was slower than his preliminary heat time (23.31 seconds) and semifinal time (23.32 seconds). He also swam in the 4x100-meter medley relay, representing France, but the team did not qualify for the final with a time of 3:36.21.

During the qualifying rounds for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Manaudou placed second in the 50-meter freestyle event, behind Amory Leveaux. Despite entering the Olympics with only the 10th fastest time of the season (21.95 seconds), Florent went on to win the gold medal in the final. He became the first Frenchman to win this prestigious event. Swimming in lane seven, he outperformed American swimmer Cullen Jones and the favorite, Brazilian Olympic champion Cesar Cielo, with a time of 21.34 seconds.

Florent Manaudou's success in swimming has made him one of the leading figures in French and international swimming. He continues to compete and represent his country at various championships and events.