I don't know what the French think of this but according to Swim News Online that Laure Manaudou has avoided swimming the 200 back because her former training partner, Esther Baron, swam that event. Now that Manaudou is free from the socio/politico issues with her former coach, Philippe Lucas, she will challenge the 200m backstroke world record at the behest of her new coach and snappy dresser, Paolo Penso. This record was set in 1991 by Krisztina Egerszegi in a time of 2:06.91 Let it be known that Laure Manaudou has a sub one-minute 100m Backstroke. Article snippet:
- Paolo Penso, the new coach of Laure Manaudou, has thrown the gauntlet back at former coach Philippe Lucas: On June 1 in Modena, the world and Olympic champion freestyler will extend her repertoire to 200m backstroke, over which former Canet teammate and friend Esther Baron is European champion.
The move, announced in L'Equipe today, comes a day after Lucas cast doubts over the ethical welfare of his former star and suggested that he was ready to "destabilise" Manaudou in time for the Beijing Olympic Games by helping other women swimmers match her speed and tactics on freestyle. [Link]