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Florent MANAUDOU
Sport Swimming
NOC France   
GenderMen
Born12 Nov 1990 in Villeurbanne, FRA
Height1.99 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Pernille Blume
Residence
Antibes, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three under the guidance of his older brother Nicolas, at the Amberieu-en-Bugey club in France. He won his first medals in competition at age seven.
Why this sport?
He comes from a sporting family. His father played handball and his mother played badminton, and he also played handball until age 15. He decided to fully focus on swimming after being inspired by his sister Laure winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004.
Club / Team
CN Marseille: France
Name of coach
Quentin Colon, FRA, from 2021; Yoris Grandjean, BEL, from 2021
General Interest
Nicknames
Flo (Instagram profile, 10 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Playing guitar. (leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a fracture in his left little finger in December 2018. The injury prevented him from returning to training until April 2019. (lequipe.fr, 09 Apr 2019; sport24.lefigaro.fr, 19 Mar 2019)

A wrist injury forced him to miss the 2015 Military World Games in Mungyeong, Republic of Korea. (swimswam.com, 07 Oct 2015)

A shoulder injury sustained at the French national championships in 2013 prevented him from competing at that year's European short course championships in Herning, Denmark. (swimswam.com, 20 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In swimming, I train to be the best in the world. To reach an Olympic final, to feel the stress and to hate defeat." (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 05 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the Medal of the City of Porto-Vecchio in Corsica, France. (journal-lepetitcorse.fr, 22 Aug 2020)

He was named French Athlete of the Year in 2015 by French media outlets RMC, BFMTV, Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui, L'Equipe and the sports network Eurosport. (lexpress.fr, 24 Dec 2015; fr.news.yahoo.com, 10 Dec 2015; eurosport.fr, 30 Dec 2015)

He received the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year award from the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 05 Feb 2015)

He was named 2014 European Male Swimmer of the Year by the website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 26 Dec 2014)

He was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal in 2013. (huffingtonpost.fr, 01 Jun 2013)
Other sports
He played handball in the reserve team of the PAUC club in Aix-en-Provence, France. (leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019; tokyo2020.org, 02 Apr 2020)
Famous relatives
His older sister Laure Manaudou competed in swimming for France and won three medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His father Jean-Luc played in the fifth tier of the French handball championship. His partner Pernille Blume has represented Denmark in swimming, winning gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and bronze in the same event at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (rtl.fr, 01 Jan 2011; leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019; lequipe.fr, 24 Mar 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Nov 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (nicematin.com, 27 Oct 2021)
Other information
COACHING CHANGES
In October 2021 he parted ways with coach Julien Jacquier to train under duo Quentin Colon and Yoris Grandjean in Antibes, France. He remained registered to the CN Marseille club despite the coaching change. "Julien is the coach who made the best programmes for me. I told him that personally we don't really have chemistry. I thanked him, he helped me tremendously, but I really need to be close to my coach. What I liked [about Colon and Grandjean] was that they are people who are going to have ideas, who are young. They will listen. The fact that we are friends is the only challenge. Working with friends is good, but I don't want to be left to do whatever I want. I told them that." He had resumed his partnership with Jacquier in January 2021, after leaving James Gibson's training group based in Antalya, Turkey, due to the logistical difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. (swimswam.com, 26 Oct 2021; lequipe.fr, 04 Jan 2021)

RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
In 2019 he decided to return to competitive swimming after almost three years out of the sport. He had taken time away from swimming to play handball with the PAUC club in Aix-en-Provence, France. "I thought about it for a long time. I wanted to return to swimming because it was something that I missed day after day. I enjoyed doing things that I had always wanted to do, but now I jump into a new challenge, to return to competition." He got in touch with his former coach, James Gibson, and began training with him in Antalya, Turkey. He returned to competition in June 2019 in Rome, Italy. "There are no balls, no goals. But I am having more fun than in my previous spell swimming." (lequipe.fr, 19 Mar 2019; sport.francetvinfo.fr, 20 Mar 2019; boursorama.com, 19 Mar 2019; leparisien.fr, 04 Dec 2019; tokyo2020.org, 02 Apr 2020)

CHANGE IN PHYSIQUE
He says his physique changed after playing handball while he was away from swimming. "After I came back, people told me I was more imposing. I now have stronger legs so I can push more on the block and on the wall, but I have lost elasticity. That balances things. I don't believe I am stronger, but I can generate more power from my upper body. Because I have less elasticity, I find my back a little stiff. If I can keep the strength while adding a little bit of elasticity, that would be really cool. I think I can swim faster than before. Underwater I am less strong but I swim faster." (leparisien.fr, 04 Dec 2019; midilibre.fr, 10 Dec 2019)

BUSINESS OWNER
In 2016 he opened a restaurant called La Piscine [The Swimming Pool] in Marseille, France. (lci.fr, 02 May 2017; le-grand-pastis.com, 07 Jul 2016; leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 21.55
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.09
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 21.41
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.53
1 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 21.34 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.97
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.19
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.74
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 23.35
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 21.64
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.18
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 23.49
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 22.22
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly  DNS
2 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 45.81
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 20.26
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:03.78
2 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.25
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.26
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 26.33
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 20.88
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 21.81
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.41
1 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 21.73
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:13.48
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.89
1 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 23.00
1 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 21.32
1 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 47.98
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.64
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 22.42
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke  DNS
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 20.66
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.17
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.86
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Breaststroke 26.29
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Freestyle 20.70
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.64 
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.01 
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.74 
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Breaststroke 26.49
1 2016 Paris, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.46
2 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.54
4 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 52.16
3 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 23.43
1 2013 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.14