When you’re a champion of this caliber, it’s the kind of pill that’s hard to swallow. Florent Manaudou, 2012 Olympic champion in the distance, sank in the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle at the Budapest Worlds, failing with the 11th time. “It’s my level of the day”, admitted the quadruple Olympic medalist at the microphone of France 4. “I would have liked to participate in this final. But I think that in any case I did not have the weapons to go looking for a medal.”Florent Manaudou took a hit, but he knows where he comes from. This post-Olympic year, the Olympic vice-champion of the Tokyo Games placed it under the sign of “transition”. While he had finished the Rio Olympics in 2016 out of breath and with the desire to see something other than pools, the leader of the French team changed his daily life to better approach the Paris 2024 Olympics. World ChampionshipsDisappointment for Manaudou, hopes in the final for Wattel and Henique4 HOURS AGOFlorent Manaudou at the 2022 WorldsCredit: Getty Images It was the goal this year to gain some height and do something elseMoved to Antibes under the guidance of he tandem of coaches, Quentin Coton and Yoris Grandjean, has gained “peace” in his “everyday” life. However, he has not given everything since the Games either to reach the peak of his form for these Hungarian Worlds. “I was not consistent enough this year, he conceded. It proves that talent is not enough and that you have to work. I worked less so it does not pass. It’s normal when we worked less”. Stung to the quick by this early enlightenment, the CN Marseille swimmer does not want to self-flagellate either. He knows why he opted for this strategy, which sees the long term. “I must not forget that I resumed in January. I am disappointed but that’s how it is. It was the goal this year to take a little height and do something else”, dropped the Laure’s little brother, eager to spare himself – especially mentally – to continue his Olympic harvest. – can now be a blessing in disguise. Because he intends to feed on it for the next few years. “It will allow me to put my ideas back in place. And to work well for the remaining two years”, announces the quadruple world champion in long pool (one title in 2013, three in 2015). And the ego of such a champion can be a powerful engine to go high. At 31, Manaudou knows something about it. World ChampionshipsAlvarez’s coach recounts her heroic rescue: ‘She wasn’t breathing’7 HOURS AGOWorld Championships’I’m just a guy who swims fast’: Popovici, the quiet revolution8 HOURS AGO
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