Florent Manaudou a few months away from the Tokyo Olympics: “morale is average”





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Florent Manaudou a few months away from the Tokyo Olympics: “morale is average”

In an interview given to the Journal du dimanche, this Sunday, January 31, the French swimmer, Florent Manaudou returns to his current form as the Tokyo Olympic Games approach.

Florent Manaudou is currently swimming in the dark. After a brief career handball player, the younger brother de Laure Manaudou returned to her first love, swimming, in March 2019. A decision motivated in particular by the organization in France, in Paris, of Olympic Games in 2024. In the short term, the 2012 Olympic champion over 50 meters is also aiming for a medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo which were ultimately shifted to this summer 2021 due to the health crisis. Since then, he has continued to train as best he can as rumors of a postponement or cancellation of the competition keep reaching the ears of the sportsmen. A boring situation for Florent Manaudou who indicated that “morale is average“, in an interview with Sunday newspaper, this Sunday January 31.

To motivate himself, the French champion can count on the daily presence, at his side, of his campaign, Pernille Blume, herself professional swimmer. He also made changes to his preparation : no more going back and forth between Turkey and Marseille, the 30-year-old swimmer has chosen to settle full-time in the Marseille city where he has found his habits and in particular his club, the Swimmers’ Circle. Despite this, between the end of the first confinement and its resumption in September, Florent Manaudou confides that he went “a little less at the pool” and to have “even missed a few training“. “To train without the prospect of a competition is very strange. Every weekend in Marseille, swimmers put on wetsuits and simulated real races.“, he tells JDD.

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“I need to suffer”

Florent Manaudou gives oneself the means to achieve a notable performance in the next Olympic Games. This notably involves training in high intensity : “I need to suffer. Moreover, at the moment, I am exhausted by dint of stringing together very hard sessions. This is the period that wants that until March. The sun goes down early, it’s cold so it’s not easy every morning to go to training. But at least as the Games approach, the background work will have been done. ”Whether the job pays off remains to be seen. Response over the next summer.

Article written with the collaboration of 6Medias

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