Florent Manaudou (silver medalist over 50 m behind Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, at the microphone of France Télévisions): “It’s going to be hard to talk. I dreamed of having a medal, a third in a row on the 50. I stopped, I came back … It was a difficult year in terms of qualifying. Frankly, it was complicated. It proves that there is no need to worry sometimes, you just have to swim. The body knows how to do it.
I think of all the people I’ve been boring with, because I kept talking about swimming and was negative for many months. I’m happy, four Olympic medals is cool. I’m proud of myself, to have made a medal of course, but it’s much more than that. I wanted to have fun after Rio, I played hand, I was criticized a lot because it’s the game. Training is very important, but you also have to take pleasure in the game. life. I am happy to make these Games, it was played out very little, I have long arms.
It’s never easy to win an Olympic medal, to keep the focus on a 50m, she (Pernille Blume, his partner) has 2 medals (over 50 m freestyle), I have 3, it’s perfect. I was stressing more for her than for me, it is very difficult to manage. “