The men’s 4 x 100 meters is the most striking symbol for ten years, the swimming French imposes. And has become one of the most successful teams in the world, sometimes before the ogres Australian, American and Russian.
Currently taking place in Kazan (Russia), the French relay has signed its fourth international victory since the 2012 Olympics Florent Manaudou and her band will be, once again, the great favorites at next year’s Rio Games. But how France , who won almost nothing, is it gone from darkness to light in this discipline? Under international charts (Worlds and Olympics) everything seems to have changed in Athens in 2004.
Laure Manaudou , a girl of 18, is then titrated in the 400 meters freestyle, 52 years after Jean Boiteux over the same distance. At those Games, France enquille five medals thanks again to the ladies, Laure Manaudou, Malia Metalla or Solenne Figuès. Since it is the raid on international medals.Between the 2004 Olympics and 2015 World Championships (still provisional results as at Monday, August 3 to 18 hours), France has brought back 56 medals, including 18 gold! It may be noted flamboyant success of Yannick Agnel (200m at the 2012 Olympics), Alain Bernard (100m at the 2008 Olympics) or the little brother, Florent Manaudou (50 m for the 2012 Olympics), now leader of the Blues. In the previous century, France had won “only” 32 international medals. An abysmal difference.