Manaudou cautious before Paris 2024

While he has just left Marseille for Antibes and feels the need to adapt to his new environment, Florent Manaudou has the Paris Olympics in 2024 in a corner of his mind but does not make it an obsession.

Florent Manaudou projects himself but not too much. After completing his return to swimming with a silver medal in the 50m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympic Games last summer, the French swimmer intends to be present in the summer of 2024 in the pool located in the heart of the Paris-La Défense Arena for the Games organized in Paris. However, the native of Villeurbanne is « not totally » in the lead for this event.  » We hear a lot about it and it’s the dream of a lifetime to host the Olympic Games in your country, said Florent Manaudou in an interview with France Info. There are good sides and a little stressful sides because you want to do well in front of your audience.. However, before focusing fully on Paris 2024, the quadruple world champion in long course first wants to acclimatize to his new environment, he who left Marseille for Antibes. « I am keeping myself until September 2022 to take my marks in my new club, with my new coaches, and after I will leave for two years at a very high level I hope », He affirms.

Manaudou: « The motivation will be there »

As for making Paris 2024 a real goal, Florent Manaudou is exercising caution despite the reduced time between Tokyo and the next Olympics.  » He’s sure but you never know what can happen, he replied. You can have an injury or a big drop in motivation when it’s a normal competition … There are the Olympic Games and they are in Paris. The motivation will therefore be there. “If he says he does not think about this deadline every day, he admits that it is an element present almost permanently.  » It’s sure to be in a corner of our head, assures Florent Manaudou. And the fact that there are only three years between two Olympics makes things much simpler, especially for athletes who are more at the end of their careers. But, before Paris, a first obligatory passage will be Fukuoka, which will host the world championships from May 13th to 29th. «  It really is a year of transition. I don’t want to give myself a goal, he says. Of course, if I qualify for the world championships and go to Fukuoka, I’m going to want to win, as usual. The money in Tokyo has visibly restored Florent Manaudou’s appetite for victory.

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