The French swimmer, who met the chronometric criteria to claim a 50m ticket to the Tokyo Games but without accelerating as he wanted, insisted that he needs to put the package on training.
You swam under the required time (21”73) but you look frustrated …
Florent Manaudou: I wanted to swim faster. I stopped three years (from the post-Olympics 2016 to the spring of 2019 precisely, editor’s note), I did handball, and after training for ten weeks, I did exactly that time in the playoffs at Rome (in June 2019), with all the stress of a first competition, etc… I am lucky to have natural qualities which mean that I can swim this time almost all the time. It’s clearly not enough, the weather isn’t bad, but that’s what I did all the time in preparation. It’s my worst 50m (in the final) since I came back. I have to work more. I tire at a speed that does not allow me to go any faster. It’s not mechanical I think, no matter how much I look for things, it doesn’t go any faster. I have not yet mastered the 35m swim. I have it on 15, 20 m, and after, it crumbles a little. We will work for the large basin.
The fact that you recently participated in the private ISL league for six weeks and that you have mainly raced in short courses since your return doesn’t make you relativize?
Since I came back, I was surprised in Rome (in June 2019, editor’s note), where I swam well, I was surprised at the first ISL competition last year (early October), and in January in Luxembourg when I’m 21”56. Since then, maybe I set myself goals too high, but I want to be honest with myself and with you, I was really planning to do 21”4 here, and I’m disappointed because frankly, it’s not sufficient. I just need to work a bit, given the complicated year we had. There are six, seven months left, not too bad.
What do you need to be able to accelerate?
I’m going to shit in training, I know I need this. I want to be afraid of nothing in training, to be in pain. Now I am ready. After that, for sure in the morning when you will have to get up at 7 a.m. … But that’s really what I need, and I’m happy to say it too, because I’m a little lazy for time in time, and there, I have to work. For me, it’s a slap in the face because between 21”4 and 21”7, there is still a world. Frankly, I’ve taken a lot of trouble lately, as much by my results (at ISL and Saint-Raphaël) as by those of others (Caeleb Dressel in particular) who were next to me … question myself.