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Florent Manaudou - FRA

Freestyle sprinter, Florent, became the first French Olympic champion in the 50m Freestyle at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hailing from a talented family of swimmers, he and older sister, Laure, became the first swimmer-siblings to both win Olympic gold medals. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Florent became the third fastest man in the world in the 50m Free.

Age - 25


Height - 1.9m


Event - Freestyle


Freestyle sprinter, Florent, became the first French Olympic champion in the 50m Freestyle at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hailing from a talented family of swimmers, he and older sister, Laure, became the first swimmer-siblings to both win Olympic gold medals. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Florent became the third fastest man in the world in the 50m Free.



When I swim in the morning, I feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead



London Olympics 2012



  • 1 Gold


European Championships (25m), Chartres 2012



  • 5 Gold


European Championships, Barcelona 2013



  • 1 Gold


European Championships, Berlin 2014



  • 4 Gold


World Championships (LC) 2015



  • 3 Gold


Why is swimming great for fitness?
Swimming uses every muscle in the body without being high impact.


What do you love about swimming?
I love the feeling of swimming fast through the water.


When did you start swimming?
I started swimming at 3 – I’m still enjoying it 20 years later!


Any advice for budding swimmers?
Have fun! Relax and try not to stress before your race.


What is your nickname?
Coach calls me The Usain Bolt of the Pool