Laure Manaudou

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLaure•Manaudou
Used nameLaure•Manaudou
Born9 October 1986 in Villeurbanne, Rhône (FRA)
Measurements180 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsCNMVS, Melun (FRA) / Mulhouse ON, Mulhouse (FRA)
NOC France


One of the prominent female swimmers of the first decade of the 21st century, Laure Manaudou excelled in the long distance freestyle events, as well as the backstroke. Her first major international event were the 2004 European Championships, during which she claimed three golds (400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, medley relay). At the Athens Olympics later that year, Manaudou became the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic swimming title, claiming the 400 freestyle gold. She added a silver in the 800 free, and a bronze in the 100 back. In the next few years, she collected a large batch of medals, including three golds at the World Championships (as well as two silvers and a bronze), an additional six European titles and eight European short course titles. In 2007, she was proclaimed World Swimmer of the Year. Manaudou also beat world records in the long distance freestyle event, although she has since lost all her records. In 2007, Manaudou was featured prominently in the press, first leaving her coach, then breaking up with her Italian swimmer boyfriend Luca Marin, which was followed by nude pictures of Manaudou emerging on the Internet. The 2008 Olympics turned out to be a deception for Manaudou. While she reached two Olympic finals, she failed to medal in either of those, and this would be her last major competition until she officially announced her retirement in 2009. After giving birth to a daughter (her boyfriend being fellow swimmer Fréd Bousquet), Manaudou made a comeback, and returned to the Olympics in London in 2012, but again did not medal. She again retired in 2014.

Personal Bests: 400 m freestyle – 4:02.13 (2006); 800 m freestyle – 8:18.80 (2007); 100 m backstroke – 59.50 (2007); 200 m backstroke – 2:06.64 (2008).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Laure Manaudou
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
800 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Laure Manaudou
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 8
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 7
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 15
2012 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Laure Manaudou
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 22
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 30
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) France 14

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